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Should I Get My Dog Microchipped?

Should I Get My Dog Microchipped?

Getting your dog microchipped increases the chances of finding them if they get out of the house or get lost. Here, our Orange veterinarians discuss the benefits of microchipping your dog and when in your dog's life you should get it done.

What is a microchip?

Microchips are tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips. These chips are smaller than most people realize, at only about the size of a grain of rice. In dogs, microchips are usually placed under the skin on the back, between the shoulder blades.

The implant process is not very invasive; the chip is implanted with a needle, and no surgery is required. The process also involves little discomfort, and most dogs do not have much of a reaction to it.

You will register the chip number with the company that produces the chip. This way, if your dog is found, they can be traced back to you.

Why not just get a collar and tag?

Collars and tags are also helpful in returning lost dogs to their owners. Anyone can read a tag, and call the phone number listed on it to contact the owner. For this reason, your dog should always wear a collar with your name and contact phone number on it.

However, collars and tags can easily fall off and get lost, leaving the dog with no identifying information. Microchips, on the other hand, are permanent and cannot be lost. Provided you keep your registered information up to date, any vet or rescue organization with a microchip scanner will be able to contact you and reunite you with your dog.

How do microchips work?

Most veterinarian clinics and shelters have special scanners that can be used to detect and read microchips in dogs. These scanners are universal and can read all modern chip types, regardless of their brand.

When the scanner is passed over the dog's back and sides the microchip will transmit its identification number to the scanner.

The rescuer will then contact the national database, which in turn will contact the owner of the dog.

Microchips are not only valuable for returning lost dogs, but they are also very helpful when it comes to proving ownership.

If you have more questions about getting your dog microchipped, contact our Orange veterinarians at Vet4HealthyPet today.

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