Man’s best friend, as they are popularly known, dogs over time have become an active member of families across the world. In the United States of America alone, 60.2 million households own at least one dog as a pet. But every now and then, at least a quarter of that figure gets lost and estranged. While some might find their way back, and others reunited with their families, the rest become completely lost. Although these dogs might be identified by their names through their collars, it is usually impossible to contact their families. In the end, these dogs are either taken to a new home or euthanized.
To prevent dog estrangement, chips as small as a grain of rice are inserted just below the dog’s skin, around the scruff of the neck. This way, when a dog gets missing it can easily be identified and returned to the owner. This is because the chip injected into his skin can provide information about the dog’s owner or keeper. This permanent form of identification contains unique information that can help track down the dog parent and help to reunite them. To access this information, a scanner is waved just over the dog’s neck, and then a unique number is transmitted to the scanner. This unique number is taken to a database center and crosschecked, detailed information about the dog is immediately obtained and put to use. Dogs can be microchipped at any age from 8 weeks old upwards. As a dog owner, it is very important to keep the information at this database center up to date at all times.
The installation process is very quick and short. With the use of a needle and a syringe, a veterinarian injects the chip around the shoulder-neck region. Most dogs do not even feel a thing during or after the procedure. There is no irritation or discomfort if the procedure is carried out by a professional. There have been certain medical condition cases caused by the presence of the chip below the dog’s skin, but this only occurs in rare cases. If done right and by a well-trained veterinary, the microchip will sit in place and serve its primary purpose.
The Importance of Microchipping Dogs
Without a microchip, it is very difficult to locate a dog’s owner. Oftentimes, the search for the actual owner ends, and a new home is found for the dog. Microchips have proven to be the most effective method for reuniting lost pets with their dog parents.
Unlike a tag or a collar, a microchip can never get lost. It cannot get faded or become ineligible. It can function inside a dog’s body for up to 25 years, which is more than the life expectancy of any dog.
In certain parts of the world, there are laws put in place to ensure that every dog owner gets his or her dog microchipped. With exceptions to dogs that have any prior diseases, dog parents who fail to adhere to this are fined a particular sum of money by the government.
It is quite obvious that as regards to microchipping, the benefits outweigh the risk. It is in the best interests of dogs to have a microchip. This is so that they can be easily reunited with their rightful owners. Although the microchip cannot give you the exact location of your dog at any given time, you can rest assured that if lost, your dog will be returned to you if found by proper authorities.