As technology is constantly advancing, so do we in our knowledge of it. Whether it is our own technology such as phones, or that which relates to our pets, we all have questions. Dog microchips are useful tools that allow those who scan them to identify a dog’s owner as well as their contact information. Many wonder or hope that they include a GPS to keep an idea of their dog’s whereabouts. So do dog microchips have GPS?
We are going to explore GPS and dog microchips today alongside their individual benefits and what they really are. So let’s have a look at this topic now!
What is a Dog Microchip?
A dog microchip is a tiny piece of technology that a vet injects just below the skin of your dog. It stores information that others cannot change unless you own the password given upon purchase. It allows you to enter your contact information and even emergency care notes. This way, if your dog is ever lost or someone suspects them of being stolen, then they can scan this chip and find out who the dog belongs to and where.
Furthermore, a chip can help if your dog is temporarily lost and suffers from health issues. You can sometimes add health details, so your dog can receive proper care until you arrive. It is the size of a grain of rice and is quickly and relatively painlessly put under your dog’s skin. They are not hugely expensive and many rescue dogs are microchipped before being rehomed. Then the new owner gets the information to access the website for the microchip. This allows them to update the information.
Do Dog Microchips Have GPS
Currently, dog microchips do not have GPS benefits. Due to GPS systems having higher costs and occasionally larger chips, vets do not currently offer this feature. Many owners would not be able to afford this feature whilst others worry that the larger chips could be uncomfortable or require anesthetic and minor surgery to insert. Instead, there are many external GPS tools that can allow you to track your dog. Typically collars or add ons for collars. These collars already have the GPS tracker inside and will link to an app or website for you to monitor their movements. The add ons are similar, but you can attach them to your dog’s current collar with a clip or metal split ring. These can be simple and cheaper, or expensive and hold added features like cameras in the most advanced.
Dog Microchips – FAQs
Here are some answers to any other GPS and microchip questions you may have.
Currently, you cannot as there is no microchip that offers GPS services.
If your dog has been found by a person, vet, or shelter, then a microchip can help to prove your dog is yours. A microchip, when someone scans it, will show the information you have input such as your address, phone number, and name. This allows them to contact you so you can pick up your dog. However, if your dog has not been found then the microchip cannot help until it is scanned.
Although a vet can remove a dog’s microchip, we do not recommend you do so. The procedure is not as simple as administering the microchip and can be more difficult, expensive, and comes with risks. Instead, you can change the details of the chip or simply leave it alone if it is not bothering your dog.
Microchipping feels just like getting a routine shot, it hurts a little but it is a very quick procedure and only gives mild pain or discomfort. Once the microchip is under the skin they may have a bit of discomfort, swelling, and/or bruising at the site. But within a few days, this will go completely and they should be fine. So just be careful when stroking this area directly after the injection.
You can microchip your dog from 7 weeks of age. As long as they are older than 7 weeks of age, then you can do so at any time. Just ensure they are healthy and it is done by a professional.
Microchips are wonderful inventions to help to get your dog home when they are lost. and to prove they are not stolen. It is a cheap and lifelong solution to these issues that can give you added peace of mind. Although they do not come with a GPS, you can purchase a GPS collar that allows you to track where your dog is at any time. A microchip allows someone to find an owner’s contact information, whereas a GPS allows you to see where your dog is. These are both valuable tools and using both together can ensure your dog always comes home if they accidentally get out of the yard.