A microchip is a very important form of identification for your dog. A microchip, that is the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin, between your dog’s shoulder blades. Oftentimes, a microchip is mistaken for a form of ‘GPS tracking.’ In order for the microchip to function properly, the owner must ensure that they keep their phone number and address current with the company that they are registered to, so if your dog goes missing and is brought into either a veterinary clinic or a shelter by a citizen, the identification number that is scanned will be able to be connected to your information for the safe retrieval of your pet.
Why is it important to ensure my dog is microchipped?
Microchipping is a way to identify your pet if they happen to get lost or stolen. This method of tracking is great to use, as the implant is placed underneath their skin and cannot be lost, or removed like a collar can.
How does a microchip work and is it safe?
Microchipping works by implanting a small chip that is the size of a grain of rice under the skin at the back of the neck. This procedure can be performed while your pet is awake at any visit to the hospital. However, some owners prefer to have this procedure done when their pet is in for their spay/neuter procedure, as they are already under anesthesia and will not even feel the injection when the chip is placed. Any pets that are found by animal services, or brought into a veterinary facility, will always be checked for a microchip.
The device placed is safe and does not create any harm to your pet. They do not even know it has been placed, nor does it bother them after the procedure. Remember the most important part of your pet’s microchip functioning optimally is keeping your personal information up to date with the microchip company, so that if your pet is found you will be contacted quickly.