Microchipping your pet is a newfound technology that comes with a number of benefits. The process and virtually non-intrusive procedure is specifically used for identification of pets in situations where a dog might be lost or stolen. Placing it on a pet might be one of the best steps you can take to ensure your dog’s safety.
Thousands of pet owners around the world rejoice in the hopes of retrieving their lost dogs because of pet microchipping. The cost of the procedure is not very expensive and most can cost anywhere around the $20/£15+ mark although insertion rates may vary depending upon the clinic or place of operation. Microchipping is a standard process that plenty of animal shelters also use to protect dogs that have been adopted and is a serious consideration when it comes to owning a dog responsibly.
What is a Microchip?
A Microchip is composed of an inert material that retrieves the dog’s identification number engraved on the chip. The magnetic field that scans the 15 digit code imprinted in the chip automatically is displayed on the scanning apparatus when the device is moved across a patch of the dogs skin. Pet microchipping is used in cases where dog collars are lost and you’re in need of tracing a pet that has disappeared. There are countries that require the microchip as proof that the dog is vaccinated as well as proof of belonging to the specific owner.
The microchip implant is an integrated circuit which is inserted under the skin of the pet. The chips have a shape similar to an uncooked grain of rice that functions on radio frequency identification technology. As such the microchip is also very useful in providing authorized ownership of the dog.
The microchip has a specific number that is read by the scanner and transferred to an operator such that this information is saved as resourceful database. Details can be added, removed and updated to it but most typically will include the owners name, current contact number and address. At minimum, the chip will load reference to a post or zip code and house number so the exact residence can be located.
How Does it Work?
The microchip insertion doesn’t require a major surgery however the implantation is definitely a necessity if you want your dog to be well protected. Veterinarians offer microchip insertion services where the chip is inserted under the skin using a large needle. Generally the place where the chip is inserted is between the shoulder blades or under the skin at the back of the neck. The chip is inserted in such a manner that it remains seated in the thin layers of the connective tissue alongside a biocompatible glass that protects the device.
Despite the small criticism pet microchipping has faced of being an unnecessary procedure that raises chances of diseases or infections due to initial incision, the fact remains that it ensures maximized protection. The chip is plenty evidence that the animal is well taken care of and provides considerable peace of mind to the owner since it ensures that you can be reunited with your pet no matter what the circumstance may be.
Microchips are important but they cannot replace collars or ID tags however they remain permanent. Considering that pet owners are always worried about their pets getting euthanized, microchipping solves all major problems. Strangers or dog stealers can easily remove dog collars and misplace ID tags whereas the microchip isn’t easy to get rid of. So if you’re worried about your dog’s protection then it is your responsibility to register for microchipping.
After initial health checks of a recently discovered lost dog, one of the very first things a veterinary or shelter professional will do is check the dog for a microchip. With a quick sweep of the dog with the hand held scanner, the dogs details can be read and the owner contacted. Without it, the chances of finding a lost dog can be even greater.
All good Veterinary Practices will offer the microchipping procedure, but some grooming businesses, grooming salons, pet spas and animal shelters also offer to carry out the procedure too. Some animal charities, particularly those aimed at rehoming dogs, will offer the procedure for free in order to cut down on stray dogs.
Next time you visit your vet for a health check up of your dog, it’s worth talking over the subject of microchipping with them, they’ll be able to offer the best advice in caring for your pets welfare in the long term.