If you’re on the road frequently, or for long periods of time, it’s likely you’ve got your best friend with you. While we all seek to be especially careful to keep track of our naive and vulnerable pets, the worst case scenario absolutely can and does happen: your best friend gets loose and wanders off. Having a collar and ID tag on the pet is a great way for the average person to know that the pet is not an abandoned stray, and is the simplest way for someone who finds your pet to contact you, but microchips are becoming a great plan B to have in place.
So how do microchips work? Basically, a microchip ID is a small device which emits a radio frequency that is unique to an ID number assigned to your pet. The chip also provides the phone number of the manufacturer of that chip, and that is where the ID number and pets info is registered. Most vets and animal shelters have scanners that are universal and can read microchips from all major manufacturers. Microchips can last up to 25 years, and because they are inserted just below the skin the subcutaneous tissue immediately begins to bond with the chip, making it highly unlikely the chip will migrate anywhere.
A collar with ID info is still the first line of defense against losing your pet, but if you and your best friend are on the road frequently, a microchip may be a good option.