Why Microchip Your Dog?

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A yellow Labrador puppy is scanned for its microchip. The chip is located between a dog’s shoulder blades.

A handyman accidentally lets your dog out. Your dog digs a hole in the fence. A relative is pet sitting, and your dog runs away during a thunderstorm. These are common situations that could result in a missing pet.

Nobody plans to lose a dog. But with a microchip in place, you’ve got a built-in contingency plan should the unthinkable happen. Our veterinarians encourage microchipping, and we microchip all our dogs.

A microchip is a tiny implant about the size of a grain of rice. It is quickly and painlessly injected between the dog’s shoulder blades. Contained on this tiny device is a unique registration number and a phone number for the registry of the particular brand of chip. Veterinary clinics and animal shelters use handheld scanners to read the chip’s radio frequency and display the identifying numbers. If your dog becomes lost and is turned in to a vet or shelter, their staff can scan the chip, contact the registry, and obtain your name and phone number. Of course, it is important to keep your contact information current with the microchip’s registry.

Microchipping is relatively inexpensive, but the rewards of finding your lost dog? Absolutely priceless.

Posted on May 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Our Dogs