Dog Microchipping

Dog Microchipping

What Are Microchips And Why Does My Dog Need One?

All dogs should have a collar with identification on them at all times. But what if that collar slips off? One way to make sure your dog always has identification on them is through the use of a microchip. A dog microchip is a very small computerized identification tag that is about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip transmits a unique identifying number that can be read with a specific type of scanner. We in the veterinary community understand how much your faithful friend means to you, which is why we make microchipping a top priority.  

Microchips for dogs are the key to keeping your pet safe, so reach out to a local veterinarian if you haven’t had your dog microchipped yet. 

How Is A Dog Microchip Implanted?

A veterinarian places the microchip under your dog’s skin between their shoulder blades using a needle, similar to an injection. The implantation is completely safe; there has never been an issue with a microchip when placed by a veterinarian.

How Does A Microchip Tell Me My Dog’s Location?

As part of the microchipping process at your veterinarian’s office, you will fill out a form with your dog’s information and your contact information; that form is sent into the microchip company and linked to your dog’s microchip number. If your dog were to become lost and then turned in at a shelter or veterinary clinic, they would be able to scan your dog’s microchip using a specialized scanner. They would then contact the microchip company with that ID number. The microchip company would search their database for the number and match it up with your contact information, and you would then be contacted. 

Therefore, it’s very important to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company so that you and your dog can be reunited once he or she is found.

Speak With Your Veterinarian About The Benefits of Microchipping Your Dog

If your dog doesn’t already have a microchip, contact a veterinarian near you today and make an appointment to have one placed. It’s a very safe and effective way to ensure your dog always has identification at all times.