Detailed view on Microchipping for Dogs
April 2, 2018
Almost everyone is familiar with those awful ‘my animal is missing’-posters you see every now and then in your neighbourhood. Because the sad truth is that animals really do run away! And often too; hundreds of pets go missing each year, leaving their owners heartbroken and miserable. And if the animal doesn’t have a microchip, it’s almost impossible to find these animals unless you’re counting on dumb luck. Because even though your pet might be unique to you; someone else might simply see another plain dog or cat and thus will not recognize the animal you are looking for. So in the end, these animals usually end up in an animal shelter, sometimes indefinitely. Or worse… So you could say that microchipping is favourable when you are considering buying or getting yourself a pet. And not just because it will be easier to find said pet when they get lost. Microchipping has many benefits that pet owners should seriously consider! But what is a microchip, and how does it work?
What does a microchip look like?
A microchip is actually placed in a little tube made out of polymer, usually around half an inch long and extremely thin. The microchip within this tube is comparable to a minuscule antenna. The reason it is placed in this tube is to protect it from moving around in the body of the carrier, in this case the dog. The little tube can be inserted in a few seconds and will remain in the same spot as long as your dog is alive. It’s 100% invisible, unless you are an expert and know what it is you’re looking for. But even then it’s impossible to see with the naked eye. The antenna is provided with a barcode, which can be read after insertion with a special barcode scanner. This barcode contains information which makes it possible to identify the dog and the owner. Once the chip has been inserted and read, the barcode will be given to the owner and registered in a national databank. It will also be recorded in the dog’s passport. So when a dog is found somewhere, it only takes a few moments to find out who the owner is and therefore where to return the dog. Fast and easy!
The many benefits of microchipping a dog
Apart from the already mentioned reason number one(making it easier to track down your lost dog), microchipping has manymore advantages that shouldn’t be overlooked. To name but a few:
- Identification of the dog. As previously mentioned, this makes it easy to track down the owner which might come in handy in a variety of situations, i.e. when the dog goes missing, but also when the dog is found tied to a tree in the woods. Unfortunately, cruelty like this still happens.
- The dog is unable to lose the chip, as opposed to loose objects like collars and little bells hanging from the collar. The barcode in the microchip can’t be erased or changed and
- A microchip is safe from fraudulent use, because it can only be inserted and removed by a certified surgeon or veterinarian.
- When traveling abroad with your dog, you can feel safe about your dog because due to the chip, he or she won’t get lost there either. A lot of countries even consider chipping your pet as mandatory, so it’s important to check national regulations before you leave for your holiday and make sure that you (and your pet) meet these regulations!
- Because of the easy process of identification, a lot of veterinarians are lobbying for obligatory microchipping of pets as well. So microchipping your dog would be considered wise if you want to be able to offer your dog the necessary aid when your dog might get sick.
As you can see, microchipping is actually becoming the rule rather than the exception. It’s fast, easy and seemingly safe as well.
Are there any negative side effects to microchipping dogs?
Up until now, no one has discovered any negative consequences to chipping pets. The procedure is absolutely safe and non-invasive. Next to that, the implant doesn’t contain any harmful substances so there’s no risk of poisoning your beloved dog. Before microchipping there was a 90% chance your dog would be lost forever. Now, that number has been reduced to a staggering 15%! (Source: ASPCA) All in all, it’s simply a risk free way to make sure your dog will be returned to you if you ever lose each other. Nothing more and nothing less!