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What is a microchip?
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Date: 10/1/2012 6:58 pm
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A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radio waves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen.

(https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Microchipping-of-animals-FAQ.aspx)

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