Most of us have heard of microchipping your dog. Veterinarians recommend it to new additions to your family and most rescues require it as part of the adoption process, but how much do you really know about it?
It is a fear we don’t want to imagine, having our pet get lost, however, it does happen. Your dog could hear a loud noise or construction in the city and try to bolt and get lose. You could be traveling for the holidays and have a door dashing pet, which in the city is not always scary since they can’t call for the elevator, but in the burbs it can be a real issue. You would want to be reunited with your pet as quickly as possible. A microchip can help with that
What is a microchip?
It is small (the size of a grain of rice) it comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted while they’re still under anesthesia.
How does it work?
If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip.
Does my dog need a collar and ID tag if they have a microchip?
Absolutely! Microchips are great for permanent identification that is tamper-proof, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags. If a pet is wearing a collar with tags when it’s lost, it’s often a very quick process to read the tag and contact the owner; however, the information on the tags needs to be accurate and up-to-date. But if a pet is not wearing a collar and tags, or if the collar is lost or removed, then the presence of a microchip might be the only way the pet’s owner can be found.
Once your pet is microchipped, there are only three things you need to do:
1) Make sure the microchip is registered
2) Ask your veterinarian to scan your pet’s microchip at least once per year to make sure the microchip is still functioning and can be detected
3) Keep your registration information up-to-date.
If you’ve moved, or if any of your information (especially your phone number) has changed, make sure you update your microchip registration.
We found a great company called PET KEY. Pet Key registers any brand of microchip. There are over 15 companies that provide chips and Pet Key is the perfect way to register any of them. You can even check your microchip registration status with them.
We hope you never have to go through a missing pet, but it is better to be prepared.