Why is Microchipping a Must?
Pet parents know accidents happen. Nobody wants their pet to go missing but a dog can get lost, run away from home, or stolen. Microchips are identification implants that provide permanent ID, it’s a quick procedure that makes reuniting dogs with their owners much more likely.
Reasons to get your dog micro chipped:
· It helps provide proof of ownership if your pet is stolen.
· It’s a lifetime deal
· Can help return your pet
· In some countries it is compulsory to microchip a dog, for example in the UK and Australia
· Encourages responsible pet ownership
Where and how is it implanted?
Your veterinarian injects a microchip beneath the skin between the dog's shoulder blades that is the size of a grain of rice (12mm). The process is similar to an injection only the needle is containing the microchip.
What age should it be implanted?
Dogs can get chipped at any age, but puppies should be at least 7-8 weeks old.
How is the microchip detected?
A microchip scanner is used to detect the specific electronic code that is embedded in the chip. It displays the identification number (15 numbers) on the scanner's screen, with that number the veterinarian can get hold of your dog’s data. Remember to update information if there are any changes in your address or phone number.
Isn’t a dog tag enough?Unfortunately, it is not enough for your dog to have an identification tag. These tags can easily fall off of the collar or the collar itself can get ripped off. They can be read easily when they are new but when they get old and worn out it can be difficult, don’t let that be the reason that someone can’t identify your dog, it would be a shame. That’s why you should get them micro chipped and have a dog tag.
Overall, it’s the right decision to get your best bud micro chipped even if it’s not compulsory where you live, they are part of the family and the goal should be to keep them safe and if anything were to happen to them they would be found with a higher chance.