We are not anti-microchipping by any means. We looked at how microchipping works, take with animal hospitals, rescue shelters, animal control officers, veterinarians, and owners who had their pets returned with microchips. Everyone had a love / hate relationship with the microchip. Many owners weren’t even aware of some of the problems that microchipping have. We did a great deal of empirical research (I teach at a university) and here are some of the interesting items we found:
-The microchip moves and can’t be found by the reader or has problems because it has moved in the pet’s body
-Different microchips have different frequencies which means that you need more than one reader or a multi-reader. None of them are cheap.
-You HAVE to have a reader which 99% of the public does not.
-Because of the cost of the readers, the animal hospitals we went to charge to read the chip which causes problems. Example: You bring in a dog that has been hurt. The hospital won’t read the chip unless you pay for the chip read. Many people balked at that. The hospital is not allowed to read the chip, contact the owner, and back bill them. Without information your pet will go from the animal hospital to the local animal shelter.
-Information is severely limited. 99% of the chips contain a number. So you call the toll free number, give them the number from the chip, and then they try to contact the owner. The animal hospitals stated that they cannot help your pet until they hear from you. So if your pet was injured they cannot do anything. Your pet’s life is dependent on how hard the microchip company works to contact you.
-We heard from animal hospitals and rescue shelters that 72% of the microchip companies have outdated information. It is not surprising. People have their pet microchipped, time goes by, they move/change phones/whatever, and they do not update the information with the microchip company. It can also be difficult to change information and sometimes you must pay to do this.
-Time - There is time involved in getting the microchip found, scanned, relayed to the microchip company, and them contacting you.
-Cost - There is either cost in updating the information or a yearly fee with the microchip company.
As I said, we are not anti-microchip people. We feel the microchip is a great last resort. It has a good probability that it won’t become lost in your pet’s body and that you will be eventually contacted by the microchip company.
I like to think that our system augments the microchip using modern technology. Our system is cheaper to install, read, faster to communicate, and has much more information in a critical situation. It is not perfect because it could become lost. Still, I think the odds of that are pretty slim.
Thank you for your feedback.