Monday, 21 November 2016

A Reliable, Affordable And Easily Concealed Pet Tracking Device

pet recovery deviceA microchip implant is placed under the skin of pets and other animals for identification and is commonly used as a pet tracking device for dogs and cats. It is an identifying integrated circuit, and is the size of a grain of rice. It uses passive RFID (radio frequency identification).

These devices are routinely implanted in new pets by veterinarians in western countries. It serves to identify the animal when it gets lost. It is injected under the skin, without the use of anesthesia. There is an area specifically marked out for the implantation, right between the shoulder blades. This is an area not very accessible to the animal thus reducing the chances of getting scratched out by the animal itself.

An enrollment form accompanies the chip with owner contact information, the pet’s name and description, vet’s name, shelter’s name if applicable, emergency and alternate contact numbers. This form is sent to a registry which may be the manufacturer, or an independent pet recovery service. A pet microchip without this information is essentially of no use.

There is a day designated in some countries as Tag Day to encourage pet owners to get their pets secured with this save this life microchip.

The pet owner gets a registration certificate and the recovery service’s contact information.
The chip is tested and checked by the veterinarian on the pet’s every visit. Many vets use the pet’s ID to maintain records in their own offices like on bills and receipts.

How to choose a good tracking microchip

Choose one which:
  • Is a 125 Khz US- type of chip because not all scanners are ISO compliant.
  • Offers a guarantee and lifetime protection and with no update fees.
  • Has an anti migration coating – the microchip has a tendency to move from its original position without this coating
  • Comes in a sterile unit
Pet microchip cost

The cost of the chip anywhere between 25 to 50 dollars combined with the cost of implanting it works out to an average cost of 45 dollars. Of course the practice is common world over.

Pet microchips are manufactured within a range of 125-134.2 khz, It was recommended that all pet microchip companies adopt the 134.2 as the common frequency or the ISO frequency, to simplify the process of retrieval of lost pets. Since the major players who manufactured a differently tuned micro chip did not agree, the status quo has been maintained and it has been recommended that veterinarians and shelters get universal scanners that can read all frequencies.

Microchip implantation has no adverse health effects and is a perfectly safe way to keep your pet safe.

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