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Microchipping Dogs and How it Can Be Helpful for You and Your Pet

Microchipping Dogs and How it Can Be Helpful for You and Your Pet

Dogs are very lovable animals that are loyal to their owners and help out in many aspects of life. However, they also tend to love the outdoors and exploring new areas to the point of getting lost. Every year, thousands of dogs go missing and when they are found, they get handed over to the local animal shelter which ends up looking for the owner of the pet unsuccessfully. Many of these dogs are usually equipped with identification tags or collars but because they spent so much time away from their original owners, these collars or tags often slip off or the writing becomes completely unreadable. Most dog owners who end up being separated from their beloved pet wish that their chances of finding it would be higher. As such, researchers have come up with the solution of injecting a microchip into pets so as to raise the chances of finding it whenever it goes missing.

Microchipping a dog is a very simple procedure whereby your veterinarian will just inject a microchip that is 12mm in size (almost similar to a grain of rice) somewhere between the shoulder blades underneath the surface of a dog’s skin. The procedure similar to a standard shot and will only take a few seconds during which the dog is not expected to react any more than it would to a vaccination. The microchip itself does not have an internal energy source ensuring that it lasts as long as your pet lives. When reading the chip, a microchip scanner is passed over the dog’s shoulder blade and it gives out a low radio frequency providing it with the power needed to transmit the dog’s unique microchip ID code so as to positively identify it. The number retrieved from the dog’s microchip is then used to identify the owner’s contacts through the database of the microchipping company used and he/she is contacted as soon as possible.

After successfully microchipping a dog, owners will need to make sure that they keep their contact details up to date in order to re-unite them with the dog more effectively. The cost of microchipping is relatively cheap and not expected to be more than $50 in most veterinary clinics. There is also a good chance that it will be cheaper when you are having other things done to the dog, for example, going for a regular check-up. Find a veterinary clinic near you today and get your dog microchipped to ensure that your smallest but very important member of your family is with you all the time.

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