Microchips Are Not GPS Trackers

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One of the most effective and cost-effective ways to protect your dog or cat, if lost, is by having a small microchip inserted under his or her skin. A common misconception is that the microchip acts like a GPS. A microchip is not a GPS tracker. About the size of a grain of rice – radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchips can be implanted using a syringe to provide permanent identification and improve the chances of lost pets being returned to their pet parents. RFID microchips do not have a power source and require a RFID reader to scan the pet for a microchip. To be truly effective, microchips must be registered with your pet’s name and current contact information. If your pet is lost and brought to a veterinarian or shelter, they will scan for a microchip, and if found, will be able to contact the registered agent to identify the family.

A GPS tracker, unlike a microchip, can be used to track and locate your lost pet in real time using a smartphone app or handheld receiver. Some can be used on any collar, while others come with their own collar. They are usually waterproof, have batteries that stay charged for a few days, range in price from $99 – $800, and require a monthly or annual subscription.


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Furminator! Furminator! Furminator! If your dog is shedding like crazy then you need this amazing deshedding treatment. The process begins by using the Furminator brand of shampoo and conditioner, which removes a ton of loose hair. This is followed by a combination of brushing and blowing techniques, that include using the Furminator tool, to remove as much of the undercoat as possible. This process lasts up to 4-6 weeks and removes up to 90% of the loose hair that causes shedding.

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Dr. Susan Bonilla, MS, CVA, CCRP, CACP
Dr. Susan Bonilla is the owner of the award-winning, Fear Free Passionate Paws Animal Hospital in Waxhaw and Weddington/Matthews, offering traditional and complementary treatment options as well as full-service grooming (at Waxhaw). She is certified in acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy. You can call Waxhaw at 704-256-7576 or e-mail at Hello@PassionatePaws.Vet or Weddington/Matthews at 980-316-4141 or email at Weddington@PassionatePaws.Vet.