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Dear Daisy Dog

I am thinking about having my dog microchipped, because she often escapes from our fenced yard. My car has a GPS device that helps me find it if it’s stolen. Does the microchip have the same feature?

Daisy Responds

No. The microchip is silent until activated by a radio signal from a microchip scanner held near the pet’s body.

The chip responds by sending its own unique number to the scanner’s display panel.

The microchip number, registered at the time the pet was chipped, is linked on the registry’s computer to the owner’s and veterinarian’s contact information.

My pet siblings and I feel secure knowing we’re chipped, because microchips have reunited countless lost animals with their families.

If you’d like to supplement your dog’s microchip with a GPS unit, consider the PetsCell, a mobile phone with global positioning capabilities.

Unlike the rice-sized microchip placed under the skin, the PetsCell is built into a dog collar.

It alerts you if your dog wanders beyond the GPS boundary you designate, so you can call her back or go after her.

The PetsCell is pricey, so it may be advantageous to repair your fence. Either way, ensure your dog’s safe return by having her microchipped and fitting her collar with an ID tag.

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