Misconceptions about pet microchips

As technology has marched forward we have come up with ever more inventive ways to keep track of our pets and to find them should they ever go missing. While many still subscribe to the flyers and door-to-door knocking that has served them well in the past, these efforts can be perfectly complemented by superior technology that can aid you in finding your pet even quicker.Misconceptions about pet microchips

One such technology that has emerged in recent years is micro chipping pets. This is the process of placing a small device under the skin of your pet that contains data that can be used to return the pet back to you. As our main concern is the safe return of any animal that is lost or stolen, we fully endorse these as an additional method of finding pets. However they, like any other method, should not be the only thing you do to keep your animal safe. In fact, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding the devices that many people are not aware of.

Misconception 1 - A microchip has GPS tracking

In the vast majority of cases, a microchip does not have any form of GPS tracking that can be used by the pet owner. They actually work by storing information that can only be retrieved by a specialist device. This means that, if somebody on the street happens to find your pet, they won’t be able to contact you directly unless further information is available on a collar tag or something similar.

Furthermore, you won’t be able to keep track of your pet should they happen to escape. In the vast majority of cases microchips can only be read by vets and animal shelters. This means they are still extremely useful, because if somebody hands your animal into one of these organizations they will be able to instantly recognize who it belongs to and arrange to return the pet to its family, however they should not be considered the be all and end all of pet retrieval and rescue.

Misconception 2 - Micro chipping is all I need to do

As mentioned before this is not the case, however to be more specific it is also not the case within the micro chipping process itself. The chip that is placed in your pet simply contains a unique identification code that vets and animal shelters can use to examine the national pet registry to find further details relating to the animal.

This means that if you fail to add those details to the registry for whatever reason, the microchip will not be able to aid you in retrieving your pet even if it ends up being found. If you do go this route, be vigilant and ensure the data held in the pet registry is up-to-date.

We do not wish to discourage people from micro chipping pets. As we stated, we support any efforts to rescue lost animals. However, at the same time, we urge anybody who owns a pet or is thinking about pet ownership to ensure they utilize every tool available to them should the worst happen.


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