There are many pet tracking device that exist and most of them are online nowadays. The pet tracking devices may be identification tags such as collar tags, or electronic tracking devices attached to the collar. There are also the expensive GPS trackers which track the location of your pet at any time. The common pet tracking device today is the microchip implanted, which is promoted as the device which does not require a collar. The size of a grain of rice, this save this life microchip is implanted under the skin of the animal by a veterinary doctor through a routine injection. It is given between the shoulder blades of the animal.
Every microchip has a serial number and when registering with pet microchip companies, the owner’s details are fed into a database alongside the serial number. In the event that the pet is lost, anybody can take it to the nearest vet, who will run a scanner over the area where the microchip is usually implanted and the code can be read. Entering this code into the registry database throws up the contact details of the owner and in this way they can both be reunited.
A bit unregulated in the beginning, with different companies manufacturing chips that could read only their chips, the invention of universal scanners now enables all microchips to be read without any trouble.
How much does it cost?
The pet microchip cost is a one-time investment and since it is recommended by most veterinarians, it should be taken seriously. It costs anywhere between 25 and 50 dollars, closer to 50. It could be done during the routine checkup at the vet so that the visit is already paid for. Animal shelters often do it for less.
One thing to keep in mind is that it has to be registered, and updated regularly. Otherwise implanting a chip is of no use.
Find out from your vet the brand of microchip that is used in that area. This will ensure that they can read the chip implanted in your pet. Or at least discuss the matter with him or her and ask for a recommendation. A lot of pets are reunited with their owners, thanks to the vets!
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