Why We Believe In Microchipping

Posted on DATE by Barb

Although microchipping alone is not a sure-fire means of protection for your dog, it does add a measure of protection when it comes to the following:

Lost, Escaped, or Run-Away Pets
Even if your dog never leaves the house without a collar and leash, accidents can happen. If your dog runs out without a collar, or slips the collar on a walk, he/she will still have a form of id. Shelters, as well as dog wardens, will generally scan dogs for microchips.

A microchip is a permanant form of identification for your pet. Once scanned, ownership can be proven. Don't forget to send in the microchip registration information!

Laboratory Use
Laboratories generally will not buy animals with permanant identification such as a microchip.

Drug Trafficking, Dog Fighting, and Other Illegal Activities
A dog with a microchip is trace-able. A responsible and caring owner, caregiver, or breeder should provide information to law enforcement officials concerning the dog.

Other means of identification you should also consider for your dog include:

Tagg - The Pet Tracker
The new Tagg--The Pet Tracker kit allows you to use GPS to track your pet’s location from your computer or mobile device 24 hours a day. If your pet strays from your Tagg zone, you will be alerted by email or text message. You can use the interactive map to locate your lost pet and bring him/her home. The Tagg master kit comes with everything you need to get started.

Id Tag
Since not everyone owns a scanner, you should provide another form of id for the general public. Even if you are against the "jingle" of a traditional metal id tag, you should highly consider some form of tag such as the plastic id tag, which is somewhat quieter than a metal tag, or the flat tag, which is sewn, riveted, or slipped onto the collar. The FasTags™ Shrinking ID Tag is both economical and easy to make at home.

Embroidered Collar
Embroidered collars are more costly and hold less information than an id tag, but are generally easier to read.

For more information about microchips or microchipping your pet, please contact your veterinarian, or visit the AVID and/or Home Again websites.

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