Should You Microchip Your Dog?
Losing a dog is a heart-wrenching ordeal for any pet owner to go through. If you’re anything like us, you consider your pup a part of the family. Not knowing her whereabouts is enough to keep you up at night. What’s worse, once your dog is lost, the odds of her finding her way home are unfortunately slim.
Hopefully you’ll never have to go through the pain of losing your beloved pooch. However, if your dog does happen to get stolen or slip away from home, a microchip will increase your chances of a happy reunion. You can think of a microchip as a permanent backup plan to a collar with ID tags.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, chances are you’ve at least heard of microchipping either at the dog park or in your veterinarian’s office. Knowing what a microchip is and how it actually works, however, is a different story. In recognition of National Microchip Month, we decided to give you the rundown on everything you need to know about this high-tech form of identification for your dog.
What is a microchip? A microchip is an identifying integrating circuit about the size of a grain of rice. It’s injected just under the skin between your dog’s shoulder blades. The process only takes a few seconds and doesn’t even require anesthetic. It’s as simple as administering a routine vaccination or shot.
How does a microchip work? When your dog is scanned with a microchip reader at a veterinarian’s office or animal shelter, an assigned microchip number will appear on the screen. This number is linked with your name, phone number and address. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so you can be reached if your dog is found.
How much does a microchip cost? It usually costs between $25 and $50 to have your dog microchipped. This is a one-time fee, and the microchip lasts a lifetime. Additionally, there may be a small fee to register your information in a pet-recovery database or to change your information if you move.
Is a microchip safe? Yes! Microchips are made from an inert, biocompatible substance. In English, this means it won’t cause an allergic reaction in your pup. Plus, newer chips on the market today have anti-migrating properties so they stay in place. This ensures your dog has permanent identification for life.
Is your dog microchipped? Do you have a question about microchipping your dog? Let us know on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page and we’ll do our best to find an answer!