How to Find a Lost Dog With a Microchip
If you microchip your dog and register it with your county officials before it gets lost, chances are that you'll get it back safely and quickly. But sometimes, even with your best efforts, things just don't go as planned, and you might take weeks to find your pet.
Some companies try to make it easier to find your pets with GPS dog trackers and other innovative technology. But what about microchipping a dog? Doesn't that help you track your pet anywhere, anytime? Let's talk about how you can find a lost dog with a microchip and ways DoNotPay can help make your process easier.
Can You Track a Dog With a Microchip?
You cannot track a dog through its microchip. The purposes of a microchip are to give your pet a permanent ID and to make it easier to contact you in case the pet is found. Microchips don't require any power source, and a veterinarian can read data on the chip using a scanner.
If you haven't microchipped your pet, you should. It only takes one visit to the veterinarian, and if your pet is found lost, it's easier to find it. Remember, about 93% of microchipped dogs and 75% of microchipped cats find their way back to their owners.
|Contact Your Microchip Company and Verify Your Dog's Contact Information||This only applies if your dog has a microchip. If so, go ahead and call the respective microchip company and ensure that any information that can be used to trace back to you is updated. This way, if anyone scans the microchip ID, they'll instantly find you and call you up. Your microchip company may also help alert local animal shelters and have them be on the lookout. It is important to note that microchips don't show the real-time location of your pet. They don't guarantee that you'll locate your dog. They only show contact information and details about your dog when scanned.|
|Develop a Search Radius||The search radius will narrow down your search to places your pet is most likely to have gone to.|
|Print Out Missing Dog Posters and Search the Radius Area||Make sure that the posters have clear and recent photos of your dog. And then, with the help of friends, go out searching. Call out your dog's name as you go by, as they might be hiding in a bush nearby. Also, ensure that one person remains home in case the dog comes back.|
|Report the Matter to Local Shelters and Social Media||Call any animal shelters, dog wardens, or animal control organizations in the area and report the missing dog in case anyone turns them into the facility. Social media platforms like Facebook are also a good way of seeking your dog. Some Facebook groups are dedicated to helping find missing pets|
What to Do if You Lost a Dog That’s Microchipped
It's good to update your microchip with the correct information to find your pet faster. If you lost your pet that has a microchip, you can follow the following steps to get it back:
- Log on to your microchip registry. Once you realize that your dog's gone missing, log on to the company's online registry and check whether your information is correct
- After verifying that your dog has been microchipped, you just have to wait for someone to contact you when your pet is taken to a nearby veterinarian clinic
- Call your local shelters and vet clinics to find out if a dog matching your description was reported in
- Print out fliers and posters with the latest photos of your dog and post them around the areas where your dog was last seen wondering
- Keep checking animal shelters to see if your animal has been misidentified
Next Steps for Finding a Lost Dog With a Microchip if You Can’t Do It Yourself
Finding a lost dog by yourself can be intimidating and challenging, taking days or weeks of your time. In addition to setting up fliers in the streets, you may also have to travel from one shelter to another to find out if they have information on your dog.
If you lack the time to search for your pet by yourself, DoNotPay can help by taking care of the most technical aspects of your search. Learn how DoNotPay can help you report lost and found pets below:
- Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found.
- Enter the date and location you lost or found the pet and tell us more about them, including the breed, gender, whether they are wearing a collar, approximate size, and more.
- Upload evidence a photo of the pet, so they can be identified, and enter your current contact information where you can be reached with updates.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the report on your behalf, and make sure your lost or found pet gets recorded in the government directory and they know who to contact if they find a match!
Why Use DoNotPay to Find Your Lost Dog
DoNotPay is a trusted product with thousands of loyal customers in the US. We help many pet owners reunite with their lost pets in most counties by being resilient, efficient, and thorough.
DoNotPay Works Everywhere With the Click of a Button
DoNotPay keeps expanding, and we now help pet owners find their cherished pets across all counties. With the click of a button, you can file your lost dog or cat and we'll begin looking for it in the respective county as soon as possible. Simply register for DoNotPay today and report a lost or found pet today.
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Although a microchip cannot help you track your dog, it can help people contact you faster in case they find it stranded somewhere. But, if you're still struggling to find your dog despite having taken all the necessary measures to document it, maybe it's time to call for some help. Contact DoNotPay today to find your lost dog faster.