Microchipping your dog can be the determining factor in whether your dog comes home safely after being lost. However, we know there’s a lot of hesitation that comes with putting your dog through any kind of invasive procedure.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to microchip your dog, this guide will help you make the right choice for you and your pup.
How Is The MicroChipping Procedure Performed And What Are The Risks?
Getting a microchip implanted in your dog is no more invasive or painful than a routine vaccination. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and it is implanted between the shoulder blades with a needle.
Your dog does not need to undergo surgery or anesthesia for this procedure. It’s actually simple enough to be done during any routine vet visit. If your dog is put under for a spay or neuter operation you can also get them microchipped at the same time.
What Are the Benefits Of MicroChipping Your Dog?
The most obvious benefit is that you will have a permanent means of identifying and finding your dog. Studies have shown that only 22 percent of lost dogs ever make it back home. That same study found that 52% of microchipped dogs return home.
Most dogs escape from the backyard or house, often missing their collar. Owners might remove their collars while they’re home for comfort, or to keep them from getting stuck on something. Unfortunately, this means they won’t have ID tags on them if they do get out.
With a microchip, you eliminate the risk that your dog will be found lacking identification due to a missing collar. Every shelter will check a newly lost pet for their microchip. When they find one they alert the manufacturer who will then contact you.
The main problem with microchips is that shelters often find them empty or with outdated information recorded. Without your current contact info on the microchip the shelter will have no means of contacting you, or getting your dog back home.
If you’re going to get your dog microchipped there are a few things you must remember to do in order for it to be effective:
- Register the chip online immediately after the procedure
- Fully fill out the contact information
- Update this information as soon as it changes
Typically, a microchip company will send you a reminder email once or twice a year. Take these opportunities to recheck the info and see if it needs to be updated.
Dogs have been reunited with their families after years of being lost because their microchips were scanned by their finder. That’s why we fully recommend getting your pets microchipped to prevent them from becoming lost or going stray.
If you have more questions about microchipping your dog or the registration process feel free to contact us today.
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