Lost Pet Recovery FAQs

How do I activate the microchip?

You can register by phone at 1-866-597-2424 or online (Click here to register your chip now!) It is important that the pet owner be the one to activate the account, as accurate contact details need to be given. Your microchip will be activated once your registration is complete!

Is the microchip a GPS?

Pet microchips are not GPS tracking devices. 24PetWatch microchips are radio-frequency identification device (RFID) implants that provide permanent identification for your pet. Because they use RFID technology, microchips do not require a power source like a GPS as they do not transmit a signal.

What is the best age to inject the chip?

There is no "best age" to microchip your pet. Microchips can be injected as early as eight weeks, and at any point after that. If you are concerned about size, 24PetWatch offers a MiniChip - ask your vet about it today!

Is there a scanner that reads all microchips?

Yes. The 24PetWatch (Allflex) reader is an example of a universal reader designed to scan and detect both ISO compliant and non-ISO compliant microchips.

Can anyone with a scanner access my contact information from the chip?

Microchips carry only a unique identification number, not your personal contact details. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his/her unique ID number. That number will be called into 24PetWatch, and you will be contacted using the contact information we have on file. It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached. Your contact information will only be given to the finder of your lost pet if you have given 24PetWatch consent to do so.

How does DirectConnect work?

When we receive a call about your pet being found, we record the finder's details and then place them on hold while we try to reach you using your home, cell and work telephone numbers. Once you're on the phone, we will connect you with the finder, with your permission. For extra safety, we remain on the three-way to help reunite you with your pet.

With DirectConnect you can get your pet back home faster and safer.

What if I'm not available when you make a call?

If we can't reach you, we will leave you a voicemail and contact your emergency contact or current vet clinic to verify your details are up to date. We will then ask your pet's finder to keep them safe. If they cannot, we will ask them to take it to a vet, a shelter or a humane society. There, your pet's microchip will be scanned again and staff will contact us to confirm the pet is now with them.

If my pet is found by an individual how will they know to call 24PetWatch?

All pets registered with a 24PetWatch microchip are provided with a plastic collar tag that features your pet's unique microchip number and 24PetWatch's Lost Pet Recovery Service toll free number (1-866-597-2424). If your pet is not wearing their tag, or if the tag is broken, scratched or weathered, the finder should contact a vet or humane society to get your pet's microchip scanned so we can contact you immediately.

What happens if my pet is taken to a veterinary practice or rescue centre?

Animals that are brought to a vet clinic, shelter, rescue or humane society are routinely scanned for a microchip. If your pet is microchipped, the staff will know to contact 24PetWatch. We then call you to let you know your pet has been found and help reunite you.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

Your local shelter or vet can microchip your pet. Ask for a 24PetWatch Microchip ID microchip by name. In the event that they use a different brand of microchip, you should still register your pet's microchip with 24PetWatch Microchip ID - the only full service lost pet recovery network that provides free registration for all brands of microchips in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

My dog always wears a collar and tags why do I need to microchip it?

Collars and tags can be removed or get lost and tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog.

I have a cat - should I microchip it?

Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. If your cat strays from the safety of your home, a microchip registered with 24PetWatch is your cat's best chance of a fast return.

Does microchipping hurt the animal?

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin's surface between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. Most animals don't even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted, the microchip remains in place for the rest of the animal's lifetime as a permanent form of identification.

Pet Insurance FAQs

My Pet is always healthy - why should I buy pet insurance?

Even though your pet is healthy today, they may not be tomorrow. We receive many calls each year from pet owners who want to purchase pet insurance after their animal has become sick or hurt; at this time, it is unfortunately too late to get coverage for that particular accident or illness. Premiums are low and the benefits are high; preparation today can prevent financial strain tomorrow.

I love my dog but my friend told me that it may get hip dysplasia, what should I do?

It's true that some breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia or other hereditary defects. 24PetWatch offers comprehensive insurance programs that would cover your dog in the event of any needed treatment. You may enroll your pet from the age of 8 weeks and if you are concerned you should enroll sooner rather than later - if a problem is diagnosed or symptomatic prior to enrollment, or during the 14-day waiting period for illness coverage, it will be deemed a pre-existing condition and will not be covered.

How much money will I actually get back when I make a claim?

The amount of money that you will get back depends on three things:

  • the amount of coverage that you have purchased for that specific accident or illness
  • the deductible on the program that you have chosen and
  • the percentage coverage offered by your program choice

I want to buy pet insurance but I'm worried that I might not be able to afford it.

Don't worry - 24PetWatch offers you both choice and flexibility. Please call us at 1-866-597-2424 and speak to one of our sales representatives who will make sure that you make the decision that's right for you.

Is there any restriction on which veterinarian that I can take my pet to?

No. You may go to any licensed veterinarian in North America, traditional veterinarians, alternative therapists or specialists as long as the veterinarian is licensed.

Do your Programs cover the diagnosis as well as the treatment of accidents and illnesses?

Yes, our programs cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of covered accidents and illnesses, including veterinary visits, laboratory tests, X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, hospitalization, prescription food and prescription medications.