Pet parents know accidents happen. Whether it’s Fido knocking over a cup or us tripping over his chew toys, we’re used to these irritating events. But some accidents can be a lot more serious, like a fast-moving dog escaping through an opened door, from the backyard or during a walk. Luckily, science has advanced enough to help reunite us with a lost dog.
What Is A Microchip?
A microchip is a small, electronic piece that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It contains an identification number that includes a pet owner’s contact information and is stored in a national database. Unlike collars which, even when worn, can break off, microchips are permanently implanted into your pet. While microchips don’t have GPS tracking, vet offices, most animal shelters and even some police departments have handheld scanners to read the identification number and reconnect pets with pet parents. Costs do vary, but on average, most vets charge $45 for the procedure.
Is It Safe For My Pet?
Microchips are designed to last about 25 years, are absolutely safe and recommended by the Humane Society of the United States.
How Is It Implanted?
While it may sound scary, microchips are easily implanted into your dog. The procedure is simple and really no different than giving your dog a shot. No surgery or anesthesia is required, and it can be implanted between the shoulders during a routine veterinary office visit.
Is My Registry Information Safe?
The only information about you contained in the database is the information that you choose to provide when you register the chip or update your information. There are protections in place so that a random person can’t just look up an owner’s identification.
Contact Information Changes
If you move or change your phone number, your dog’s identification number can be easily updated without another implantation.
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