August 15 is Check the Chip Day
August 13, 2014
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.