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In the world of responsible pet keepership, microchipping is critical in ensuring our furry companions' safety and reunification. However, like any technology, microchips are not immune to misconceptions. Let's debunk the five most common myths of microchipping.
Myth 1: Microchips are GPS Trackers
Fact: Microchips are a form of Identification, not Tracking Devices
One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that microchips work like GPS trackers. In reality, microchips serve as permanent identification, providing a unique code linked to your contact information, which is stored in a DEFRA-compliant database. Although they don't provide real-time tracking of your pet's location, these devices significantly improve the likelihood of a reunion if your lost pet is found and scanned with a microchip scanner by a vet, animal shelter, or other professional body.
Myth 2: Microchipping is Painful for Pets
Fact: Minimal Discomfort during Implantation
Some pet keepers worry that microchipping is a painful procedure for their furry friends. In truth, the process is relatively quick and causes minimal discomfort, similar to a routine vaccination. A microchip is around the size of a grain of rice; it’s very small. Veterinary professionals and trained implanters use a sterile needle to implant the tiny chip under the pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Most pets barely notice it; the benefits far outweigh the momentary discomfort.
Myth 3: Microchip Information Can be Accessed by Anyone
Fact: Microchip Information is Secure and Accessible to the right person at the right time.
Concerns about privacy and unauthorised access to microchip information are unfounded. DEFRA-compliant Microchip databases, like Animal Tracker, are highly secure, and the information can only be accessed by authorised personnel at organisations such as vet practices, animal charites, or local authorities.
Myth 4: Microchips Cause Health Issues in Pets
Fact: Our Microchips are Safe and ISO-certified.
Some pet keepers worry that microchips might have adverse health effects on their pets. It's essential to know that microchips are ISO-certified for use in animals. Millions of pets have been microchipped without any reported health issues.
Myth 5: Microchips Replace the Need for Collars and Tags
Fact: Microchips Complement but Don't Replace Traditional Identification
While microchips provide a permanent and tamper-proof form of identification, visible, engraved tags with contact information make it easier for everyday people to assist in a lost pet's return. An engraved tag must include your name and address. The address must include your house number and postcode to be compliant. It's responsible pet keepership and law to use both for comprehensive pet identification.
Debunking these microchip myths is crucial for pet keepers to embrace this technology confidently. Microchipping is a safe and effective way to protect your pet in case they get lost. By understanding the facts, you can contribute to your pet's safety and increase the likelihood of a happy reunion should they ever go astray. It's a small investment for a lifetime of peace of mind.
Remember, it is the law to microchip your cats and dogs and to keep their information up-to-date in a DEFRA-compliant database like Animal Tracker.