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How Does a Dog Microchip Protect Your Pooch?

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Every year, millions of pets end up in shelters, and over half of those are put down. In fact, 1 in 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lives. The ASPCA reports that 33 percent of pet owners admit their pets always have ID tags on them. It’s heartbreaking to know that many don’t make it back to their owners. While some owners equip their dog with tag on his collar, that might not be enough – they can be damaged or fall off. For identification that will stick with your pooch no matter what, you should think about a dog microchip.

dog-microchip-1A dog microchip is tiny – about the size of a grain of rice. But don’t let its size fool you. It contains all the information your dog needs to get home to you, safe and sound. This teeny computer chip is surrounded by glass that is safe to be injected into your dog’s body. A veterinarian implants the chip between your dog’s shoulder blades. And don’t worry – the procedure just takes a minute. It’s like getting a shot and your dog may not even feel it. The dog microchip is read by a handheld device that uses radio waves. It scans the microchip, and is able to display a code that is unique to the dog. My dog is mircochipped, and the vet logged in all the contact information. However, you may have to register the information yourself, so check with the vet before you leave the office. This information is stored in a database that is accessible by vets, shelters and rescues, so they can scan your dog and contact you for a happy reunion. If you move, be sure to contact your vet or the registry to change your contact information.

It is rare that complications will arise in a dog microchip procedure. The microchip needs to be implanted by a vet and it’s over in just a few minutes. There are no known side effects of implanting the dog microchip. There have been reports that the dog microchip can move, so it is important to scan a dog’s entire body for the chip. Overall, this is a safe medical procedure that will help keep your dog safe.

Knock on wood that it never happens, but you want to have all the protection you can in the event that your dog goes missing. Tags can be lost, but a dog microchip isn’t going anywhere. It stays in the dog for his entire lifetime and never needs to be replaced. And how much does this peace of mind cost? Anywhere from $25 to $65. If you’re adopting a dog, a microchip may even come included with the adoption fees.

If you’re still a little wary about the whole procedure, you’ll be happy to hear that improvements are always moving forward with dog microchipping technology. And just because your dog is microchipped, you should still keep the tags on him – every little bit counts!

Microchipping your dog is an important part of dog ownership. In fact, there are countries where it’s the law! It only takes an instant for your dog to become lost – he could slip out of an open door, take off chasing a squirrel or become lost after an unforeseen accident. This little chip will help to ensure a happy ending for both you and your dog.

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