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Can an AirTag replace your dog microchip?

May 06, 2021 4 min read

Use both and increase the chance to find your dog.

Our recommendation: You should absolutely use both a microchip and an AirTag on your dog. You want to increase the chance to find your lost dog as much as possible. The AirTag does everything that the microchip does, just better. The reason we don't recommend replacing your microchip is the following:

Microchips have been the standard for finding your lost dog forever, and it will never hurt having one. The worst thing that can happen? It doesn't help to find your lost dog.

We're confident that we offer the most elegant solution to put an AirTag on your dog.


How does a microchip work?

A microchip is a small RFID transponder that contains a specific identification number. To implant the microchip, a small operation is needed and can be done at the vet. This is not harmful to your pet. If someone locates your lost pet and brings it to the vet or a shelter, they can scan the microchip with a special device and get your contact information.

 

 


Things to keep in mind

Before a vet or a shelter can scan the microchip and contact you, you need to register the microchip with a national pet recovery service. When you register the microchip, include at least 2 phone numbers. Make sure to use a provider that has access to various microchip databases and technologies. Also, keep in mind that you need to change the registration information if you change your phone number. Important: If you don't register the microchip, it will be useless.

The microchip in the body of your pet can relocate. That means it can move from the initial position. This would not cause harm to your pet, but the shelter or vet scanning for a chip might not find it.


How does the AirTag work? Why is it a better microchip?

The AirTag has 2 use cases for your dog:

1. An AirTag is a dog microchip but with superpowers. Everyone with a phone (yes, iPhone and Android) can scan the AirTag and get your contact information. The benefit: There is no need to go to a vet/shelter as they can directly call you.

Important: The owner of the AirTag needs to have an iPhone, but any phone can scan the AirTag and get your contact information.

2. Tracking your dog with AirTags, using the "Find My" network from Apple.

If your dog is not nearby and can't be located, you can put the AirTag on your dog in Lost Mode. In this mode, any other Apple device will help locate your dog. If & when your dog is found, you'll receive a notification with the exact location of your dog. This feature will work best in urban areas, where many people live.


Conclusion

As stated in our executive summary, we recommend using both an AirTag and a microchip with your dog. There is a saying in German that goes like: "Doppelt hält besser" which translates to "double holds better". It basically means you should increase the chance of finding your lost dog as much as possible. Using both a microchip and an AirTag will 100% do that.

If you'd like to use an AirTag on your dog, we've got the perfect collar for you. The FollowPaw AirTag dog collar has an integrated pocket.


Discover our dog collars from Cork Leather

FollowPaw Dog Collars are made from premium materials. Sustainable Cork Leather, a high quality magnetic buckle and metal parts. They come with a pocket for a tracking device such as the Apple AirTag, a Tile Sticker or similar trackers. Always keep track of your dog! 🐶


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📍 Compatible with Apple AirTag tracking device and Tile Sticker.

🧲 Premium magnetic buckle for maximum convenience & longevity

🧵 Made of durable and sustainable cork leather

🇪🇺 Manufactured in Europe & money-back guarantee

Important: AirTags do not give you a 100% guarantee to find your dog. But if your dog is lost, they increase the chance that you find him/her again a lot. Tracking your dog should only be used as a backup system. So please take all measures that your dog does not run away in the first place.

For more Infos on the Apple AirTag have a look at our Blog: About Apple AirTags

Width: 34 mm (sizes S-L), 42 mm (size XL)

How to choose the right size?

Measure the neck circumference of your dog. Ideally with a tape measure.
If you don't have a tape measure at hand, you can take a strip of paper,
mark it, and then spread it out flat to measure it with a ruler.
Important: We recommend leaving two fingers between the neck and the tape measure. If your dog is between two sizes, we recommend you choose the larger collar.

  cm inches
S 28 - 35 11 - 14
M 36 - 43 15 - 17
L 44 - 51 18 - 20
XL 52 - 59 21 - 22

✈️ Free tracked shipping (tracking code included)

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