It's a sad fact that hundreds of pups go missing every year. They get turned into animal shelters who then frantically search for the owners by way of dog tags, newsletters, social media and websites. In many cases, a perfectly fine dog ends up being euthanized. Often times the tags on the dog collars have become worn and illegible or not present at all.
In recent studies, it's been shown that only 22% of dogs that were NOT micro-chipped have been reunited with their fur loving parents. Such a terrible but true statistic. Micro-chipping raises those odds to 51%!
Micro-chipping your pup costs on average $45 at most local vets. The micro-chip is a small glass cylinder (size of a grain of rice) that gets injected into the dog. It contains a radio transmitter and a very small device with the animal's ID number. Micro-chips often last 25 years, well over the average lifespan of most dogs.
Micro-chipping does NOT have a GPS or use "Location Tracking" abilities. It's scanned by the animal shelter staff and the "Animal ID" is then searched for in a huge database so that the fur baby parent can be contacted. A Universal Scanner has been introduced recently that uses multiple frequencies instead of a single one like later models. This has greatly enhanced the results of finding the correct dog parent. As a side note, it is also helpful to keep your pets tags up to date with address and phone number changes.
Common concerns that have been revealed with micro-chipping - In 2009, a chihuahua hemorrhaged to death in California from internal bleeding as a result from poor injections supposedly from a chip. Also, in a rare circumstance, the micro-chip was injected in a wrong area of the dog. This is highly unlikely with qualified veterinarians. There have been times when the "chip" actually migrates away from the initial area of injection, usually after many years.
Finally, In the great majority of cases, microchips have saved lives and kept dogs and their families together without any drawbacks. While a dog can easily lose its tags or collar, it’s almost impossible to lose a microchip barring serious injury, and the benefits can outweigh the risks.