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Dog Microchipping

Why Should I Microchip my Dog?

Your canine companion is a loyal, loving and irreplaceable friend - one that may have an urge to wander and explore and runs the risk of getting lost. Unfortunately, it is all too common for dogs to lose their way back home and end up in a shelter. A staggering number of dogs are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack reliable means for identification once they are found. We know that dogs are part of the family, and that is why we recommend every dog receives an identification microchip.

Traditional ID tags that hang from a collar are a common sense line of defense, however ID tags can easily become separated from your dog. In cases of dog theft, a dog ID tag is the first thing a thief will discard. However, a microchip is a permanent solution that ensures your dog can be properly identified by a veterinarian or animal shelter, and reunited with you, and also ensures that your pet's identification is never lost, stolen, removed or compromised in any way.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is typically injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. At approximately 12mm long, it is about the same size as a grain of rice. When performed by a veterinary professional, implanting a dog microchip takes a few seconds and is relatively painless. Once the microchip is implanted under the skin, it will remain there for the entirety of your dog's lifetime.

Will a Microchip Track my Dog via GPS?

It is important to understand that a microchip is not a GPS device providing real time tracking capabilities. Rather, a it is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device. Unlike a GPS device, a microchip doesn't require power, and is easily identified by an animal shelter or veterinary facility by waving an RFID scanner across a dog's body where the microchip is embedded. The scanner simply identifies the company who made the chip, and provides an account number. Once the shelter or veterinarian has this information, they will contact the ID company, provide the account number, and then the company will contact you based on the information they have on file. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals in the United States have RFID devices to perform a pet microchip lookup. 

Microchip Registration

An RFID chip itself is useless if your registration isn't submitted and then kept current. Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian any questions about the registration process, in order to ensure your dog can be accurately identified by it's microchip.

Will my Personal Information be Accessible Through the Microchip?

A microchip cannot compromise your personal privacy. When the RFID scanner picks up the chip, the chip only provides an identification number that correlates to the chip's manufacturer. That number is called into the pet microchip lookup and recovery service, and you will be contacted by that service using the contact information on file. This is why it is essential to make sure your registration information is accurate.

Does Microchipping Dogs cause Pain?

A microchip for dogs hurts about as much as having blood drawn. The needle required for the injection causes a pinch during the microchipping procedure. Because it is only a momentary injection, no local or general anesthetic is required.

Schedule an Appointment to have your Dog Microchipped!

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