Keeping track of your pet

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Even the best trained animals have been known to wander off when the chance for escape presents itself.

But if your pets do get lost, are you giving them the best chance of making it back to you?

Microchipping animals is virtually painless and gives those who find your pet all the information they need to get them home, but only if you use them correctly.

"When a stray animal comes in most shelters will have a scanning device and what they do is they wave the scanner over the animal," says Roice-Hurst Humane Society office manager, Ashley Digrado "If the animal is microchipped then the microchip number will pop up on the scanner along with the company's phone number to call."

But Digrado says there are several common misconceptions about them, including the belief they can be used like a GPS tracker.

"Someone actually has to find the animal and bring the animal into a shelter or veterinarian," she says. "Then they have to scan the animal for the microchip so you actually can't track down an animal through a microchip."

Heather Bovat lost her dog Chavelle this summer only to find out she had been euthanized - a tragedy that could have been avoided had the chip been scanned.

"Microchip your animals," says Bovat. "It does work, it saved Chavelle's life the first time. Unfortunately, because of human error or whatever happened, I lost her."

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