It is unimaginable to lose your furry friend, yet many dog parents have come to me with the same story. No matter how careful they were in protecting their pet, they could not bring themselves to find them one day. Rarely do people who lose their dogs claim to have found them back.
They do not even see how and when their pet must have escaped from their house in most cases, so it becomes even more challenging to locate them despite a tagging.
I recommend my friends and family with pets be on the safe side and consider the option of microchipping. I understand that this option is not as explored by people as others, yet it is a viable one when it comes to the security of your pet. Not many people know microchipping, how it works, and the process. Today, I will talk about all you need to know before microchipping your pooch.
What is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a simple and easy process that can help save your pet from any danger if they are lost. It can unite dog parents with their lost dog, however, there is no assurance, but if used correctly, this is possible. It is essential to store the information about your pet correctly in the chip to ensure that you can be contacted if that happens.
It is a tiny computer chip that can be inserted into your pet’s skin. It contains a unique identification number that a scanner can decipher. This helps in making the search process easier.
What is the Process of Microchipping?
Microchipping is a straightforward procedure that only takes a few minutes. But it has to be performed by a veterinary professional, who begins by carefully cleaning that area of your dog’s skin where the chip should be inserted. Then the vet uses a needle and installs the chip.
The chip is normally inserted between the animal’s shoulder blades.
Although when the chip is being inserted, your pet may feel some pain and may scream a bit, once the implant is done, your dog won’t be able to feel the presence of the chip, and it will not even cause it any discomfort.
What Are the Side Effects of Microchipping?
As such, there are no significant or injurious side effects of microchipping. The chips which are inserted are safe and are made of biocompatible materials. Besides, they are approved by the FDA, and we assure you that your dog will be safe and healthy.
Despite this claim, any medical procedure has some side effects. In the case of microchipping, it is generally some swelling at the site where the chip has been inserted. There usually is no need to be concerned because the swelling is only transitory and will go down on its own.
Besides, there is a risk of migration in some cases of the chip. This is also very significant, and the chip doesn’t move beyond an inch from the area where it was initially inserted. Needless to say that these side effects are relatively minute, and microchipping won’t harm your dog in any way.
Who Needs Microchipping?
Anyone with a pet can consider getting them microchipped. Collars and tags are not trusted if your pet gets lost or stolen, as these can fall off or get displaced. However, microchips are permanent.
Microchips store information within them, like the name and address of the owner, and since the chip is tiny in size, it is easy to insert within the body of animals as well.
How is Microchipping Helpful?
Microchips are extremely small in size. Generally, they are like a grain of rice. But this small chip can store vital information regarding the owner and can be used to identify the owner of a lost or stolen animal. Microchip scanners are available at animal shelters, veterinarians, and police stations. So, when a missing animal is brought to one of these locations, a scanner can be used to identify the owner. The concerned authorities can then call the owner and make suitable arrangements to return the animal. This has helped owners and pets find one another’s back.
Do Microchips Work Via GPS?
It is vital to note that microchips are not GPS gadgets, and hence, they do not allow any real-time tracking. On the other hand, a microchip used on dogs is a Radio Frequency Identification Device. Unlike GPS, radiofrequency devices do not require electricity to function, one of the most significant advantages.
It can be easily detected by an animal shelter waving an RFID scanner across the dog’s body where the microchip is inserted. This, in turn, enables them to access important information about the owner and help pets and owners to reunite.
How Long Can Microchips Last?
These tiny chips are made of high-quality biocompatible materials, and we assure you that these chips don’t break down over time. They are specifically designed to last the lifetime of an animal. This also ensures that your pets do not require any surgical procedure to remove the old microchip and insert a new one.
Some Facts you Should know Before Microchipping your Pooch
- Microchips should be used as a permanent option as these cannot be removed and can last a lifetime for your pet.
- It is a reliable way to retrieve your lost pet. However, it doesn’t safeguard them against any calamity sorts and therefore does not guarantee a reunion with your pet.
- It is not a substitute for proper pet care and is there to increase the chances of reuniting your pet.
- One needs to ensure that microchipping is done by a professional and that the dog owner’s proper and updated details are registered for a quick response.
- Remember that microchips are more likely to e tracked and scanned by a vet or an animal shelter.
Microchipping is a safe and recommended way to provide your pet animals with additional safety. The technology is advanced and will work better than traditional methods like dog collars. It is safe, and there is no significant surgical process involved. It ensures that even if your pet gets lost, they can be easily found and reunited with you.