The Truth About Pet Microchips

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Animal microchips have been around since the early 90’s, but have increasingly grown in popularity throughout the years. Most recently, people have begun to use them for the safety of their own house pets. Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions about how microchips work for pets like your dog. Many people believe that if your dog has been micro chipped and goes missing, all you have to do to find them is to log on to the microchip website, input some identification information and find yourself looking at a map of your area with a little beeping dot indicating where your dog is. That is not the case, although many of us with it were.

In reality your chip is a lot less intelligent than that. It works more like a tag on a dog collar that your vet permanently embeds into the fatty part at the back of your dogs neck. If your dog, upon getting lost, finds itself somewhere that has a microchip reader, that office can access the personal information stored on the chip and help your dog get back home. Microchips do not have any GPS capabilities and cannot be accessed remotely. The benefits of it, however, are that even if your dog gets out of your house completely naked, it is possible somebody will be able to read the chip and give you a call. That somebody though, has to have a microchip reader.

Kennels, vets and animal services therefore, are where pets need to go to have their best chance of being returned home. Those places are where microchip readers are found. Then, the worker can read the information stored on your dogs chip and hopefully track you down that way. Usually microchips have information such as a contact name and phone number stored on them.

If your dog came from an adoption shelter, often it is the shelter that is the contact on the chip. Then, the shelter would call you to let you know your dog has been found. This acts as another form of protection for adopted animals by allowing the shelter to check up on their old friends. If a dog is constantly getting lost and the shelter constantly getting contacted, it may be time for the shelter to step in and take a good look at what needs to change. If that’s the case with you and your family, don’t panic, it is often an easy suggestion that will make your and your dogs life better. Shelters never want to take dogs away from good homes so they will work with you to keep everyone safe.

In the end, microchips are incredibly useful in protecting dogs, but they aren’t magic. The only way they can work is if your dog ends up in the right place. Luckily, however, the right place is where most stray or lost animals end up; making the entire process safe and easy for everyone! #bullyfambam

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