There has been a lot of controversy lately about the microchip industry for pets in the US. There is no single registry for all microchip numbers and not all microchips can be read by a single microchip reader. There is also the issue of owners not properly updating their information with the microchip company. Sometimes that is simply an issue of not knowing how a microchip actually works. There is a misconception that microchips have GPS capabilities and will help the owner locate the dog or cat when it is lost.