Microchipping is a great way to identify your dog. It is a permanent, tamper-proof form of identification. Even if your dog breaks its collar, he or she will continue to carry their microchip with them wherever they go. Just remember that the microchip is not a GPS. It will not tell you where your dog is, however, if found and scanned, the contact information that you have provided at the time of registration will help get your dog back to you.
Why is it a good idea to microchip my dog?
Many dogs end up in shelters or dog pounds every year. Some of them are voluntarily surrendered, however, some of these are just adventurous dogs that wandered a little too far from home, or maybe broke their collar, or accidentally snuck out from under the fence! A permanent form of identification for your dog will help ensure they make their way back to you. Also, if someone else finds your dog and decides to keep them, it may be the only proof you have that your dog is actually yours. You will also be provided with a tag that you can place on your dog’s collar. This will allow anyone that doesn’t have a microchip reader to still access your contact information to get your dog back to you, where they belong.
How does a microchipping work and is it safe for my dog?
Microchipping is as easy as giving an injection. The chip is located inside the needle that we insert in the shoulder blade area. It can be done as part of an appointment. We advise that you keep your dog quiet for 24 hours after placing the microchip, so it can fully secure in place.
How much does it cost to microchip a dog?
If you are considering a microchip for your dog, please give our office a call and we can go over the cost for you. You have the option of providing extra contact information to the microchip company for an additional fee.