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August 15 is Check the Chip Day

 

August 13, 2014

 

Dear Dr. Wise,

Do you recommend that we have a microchip implanted in our family’s dog?

 

Yes, I would highly recommend having a microchip implanted in your family’s dog.  It is an easy way to permanently identify your dog for the rest of its life.  Although tags on the collar are a popular way to identify your pet, these are not permanent.  Tags on the collar can fall off, the collar can come off, and the writing can wear off making it difficult to read.  Implanting a microchip is an easy and inexpensive way to permanently link your dog to you.  The microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between the shoulder blades just beneath the surface of the skin.  The process is much like getting a shot and only will take a few seconds.  Once the microchip is implanted, you will need to register your pet with the corresponding microchip company.

Now that microchips are being widely used, every animal shelter and animal clinic will have a scanner for microchips.  This means that if your dog ends up missing and someone finds him or her, they can take your dog to any clinic or shelter where the dog can be scanned.  Your dog will be given a unique code on his or her microchip that will appear when scanned.  This code can then be used to trace your dog back to your name, address, and phone number.

There are many stories that I have heard where a lost pet is found miles away from their home and the only thing that ensured they were reunited with their owners was the microchip that told where the dog belonged.  Even if you plan to keep your dog inside all the time, there is always that chance that he or she will run out the door.  We all know that dogs can unpredictable at times.  Although I know you would hate to think of losing your furry little family member, a microchip might someday save you a lot of grief and regret.

Please consider this simple implant and make an appointment to talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible.  It is never too late to consider a microchip.

Sincerely,

Dr. Wise

 Check the Chip Day

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