Though just a small scanable device worn under the skin, a microchip can mean the difference between life and death for a lost dog or cat. This simple device contains all the crucial information a vet or rescuer may need to reconnect an animal with his or her guardian.
I was surprised to learn that only 5 percent of dogs in the United States are sporting microchips (compared to the one in four European canines wearing such devices). Perhaps this is due to the frustration that microchips made by competing U.S. brands require different scanners. What good is a microchip if the rescuers don’t have the proper equipment to read it?
The good news is Newsweek reports that Bayer Healthcare has alleviated this problem by creating a universal microchip scanner which can read the information on microchips made by all competitive companies. The corporation has already donated 20,000 readers to shelters and animal hospitals across the country.
Thanks to DawnWatch for tipping us on this story.