Microchips: Fact or Fiction?

Key Insights to Share with Pet Owners About Microchips

Microchips Are Not GPS Trackers

Misconception: Microchips can track my pet’s location.
Reality: Microchips are not GPS trackers. They are RFID devices that provide a unique ID number when scanned, which helps retrieve the owner’s contact information from a database.

Registration is Crucial

Misconception: Simply having a microchip means my pet is fully protected.
Reality: Registering the microchip with up-to-date contact information in a database is essential. Without registration, the microchip cannot help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Microchips Are Permanent

Misconception: Microchips need to be replaced or can wear out.
Reality: Microchips are designed to last for the lifetime of your pet and do not need replacement. Periodically check the microchip to ensure it is functioning properly.

Microchips Are Safe

Misconception: Microchips can harm my pets or cause health issues.
Reality: Microchips are biocompatible and pose minimal risk to your pet’s health.

Universal Scanners and Different Frequencies

Misconception: All microchips and scanners are the same.
Reality: Different microchips operate at various frequencies. While most shelters and vets have universal scanners, some older scanners might not detect all chip types. It’s good to verify that your pet’s chip is compatible with commonly used scanners.

Microchips Do Not Replace ID Tags

Misconception: Microchips make traditional ID tags obsolete.
Reality: ID tags are still crucial for quick identification. Microchips serve as a backup if the ID tag is lost or unreadable.

Microchips Work Only If Information Is Updated

Misconception: Once my pet is microchipped, there is no need to update information.
Reality: It’s vital to update your contact information in the microchip registry whenever it changes. This ensures that you can be contacted promptly if your pet is found.