|Millions of dogs, cats and other pets become lost
each year worldwide. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners.
Many lost dogs end up in shelters where they are adopted out to
new homes or even euthanized. It is important that your dog has
identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but
they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible
to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.
How it Works
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of
a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible
with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dog's
(pets) shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special
syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot. Little to no
pain is experienced - most dogs do not seem to even feel it being
implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately
with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This
device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric
code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog (pet) must be registered
with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the
dog(pet) can be traced back to the owner if found.
Things You Should Know
* Microchips are designed to last for the life of a dog (pet).
They do not need to be charged or replaced.
* Some microchips have been known to migrate from the area between
the shoulder blades, but the instructions for scanning emphasize
the need to scan the dog’s(pet's) entire body.
* A microchipped dog can be easily identified if found by a shelter
or veterinary office in possession of a scanner.
* Depending on the brand of microchip and the year it was implanted,
even so-called universal scanners may not be able to detect the
* Microchip manufacturers, veterinarians and animal shelters have
been working on solutions to the imperfections, and technology
continues to improve over time.
No method of identification is perfect. The best thing you can
do to protect your dog is to be a responsible owner. Keep current
identification tags on your dog (pet) at all times, consider microchipping
as reinforcement, and never allow your dog (pet) to roam free.
If your dog (pet) does become lost, more identification can increase
the odds of finding your beloved companion.
Please note: Microships are also proof of ownership!
(in case your pet gets stolen!)
"If you love them, chip them!"