Facts About Microchip Technology and GPS Tracking for Pets (Part II)

Microchips

Microchips have to be read by a special scanner and don’t give off the location of your pet. 

Numerous pet owners are hesitant to have their furry friend implanted with a microchip. Some feel that the procedure is unsafe, while others are concerned about the possible side effects that it might bring to their four-legged friend. Microchips only look scary probably because of the word implantation. However, the procedure is practically like getting your dog a vaccine injection, except that the needle used is a bit bigger.

Like any other medical procedure, there are health risks including infection, hemorrhage, and chip migration. But the side effects mentioned are very rare. This can be avoided if microchip implantation is performed by a licensed vet.

Pros

Permanent and affordable. Implanting the microchip is an easy, quick, and affordable one-time procedure. The device is a tiny, electronic chip in a glass cylinder about the size of a grain of rice and is put under your pet’s skin. It won’t come out or fall off unless surgically removed.

Resistant to the elements. You never have to worry about your pet’s microchip breaking down even if they jump into the pool, get soaked in the rain, or if they roll around in the mud. Since it is put under the skin, it’s naturally shielded from the elements.

No batteries required, it doesn’t need to be charged, and it requires no power source. It lasts the lifetime of your pet!

Cons

Only read by a special scanner. This means that a lost dog implanted with a microchip can only be reunited with its owner or if taken to a shelter or to the proper authorities with the specific scanner. You have no way of knowing where your pet is. You will have to wait for a good Samaritan to call and tell you of its location. Microchip technology is therefore futile if your pet ended up in the hands of a thief.

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