Microchipping vs QR Tag

Microchipping has become the go-to resource for retrieving lost pets if they ever go missing, but a QR code pet tag like the one MyPetsEID offers is a healthier and more efficient solution for your pet.  

Microchips are typically injected underneath the pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. The microchip is around the size of a grain of rice (12 mm). It’s permanent and can’t be removed. The only data on the microchip is a unique ID number. The entire microchip process relies on the owner keeping the contact information up to date. Whatever is on file is what they use to contact you if your beloved pet is ever away from home. There are a very limited amount of people and/or places that can obtain the information off this chip.  

The QR code pet tag is non-invasive in comparison since the data is located on the back of a pet tag that is attached to the pet’s collar. Any person that finds a pet with this QR tag can scan it, get the information they need for contacting support instantly, who then will be in touch with the owner or one of their trusted contacts.  Facilitating a quick reunion. 

To be fair, microchipping has evolved over the years and now includes an anti-migration feature to prevent the chips from moving around on the pet over time, but there is still always a chance of the pet’s body rejecting a foreign object. 

Microchips are made of bio compatible materials so as not to not harm the pet and resist break down as time passes. However, not all microchips have gone through this evolution. Some microchips can still cause harm to the pet based on the materials they’re made of. These chips can move around, cause extra tissue growth, and even deteriorate as the pet gets older.  

A microchip includes one ID number and that’s all the information that it carries. A QR code is much more versatile with the sheer amount of data it can store while being scanned in a similar way. The QR code stores more data, is easier to update, and MyPetsEID even offers free customer service that can assist you if you aren’t able to update your contact information yourself.  

The QR code is also much more likely to help return a lost pet to its home and back to its family where it belongs quicker than a microchip. While sensitive information like health and medical records are only available to trusted individuals chosen by the owner after they register their pet, the fact that that is included at all on the QR code pet tag is a worthwhile benefit that microchipping doesn’t even begin to address or cover.  

Resources: Dog and Cat ID Microchipping | HomeAgain Pet MicrochipGet the Facts About Microchipping | HomeAgain Pet Microchip 

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