Microchipping your dog can increase the chances that they are found if they get lost. Here, our Medford vets discuss the benefits of microchipping your dog, and when it should be done.
Microchipping Your Dog
Microchips are tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips. They are approximately the size of a grain of rice. In dogs, they are usually placed under the skin on the back, between the shoulder blades.
The implant process is minimally invasive; the chip is implanted with a needle, and no surgery is required. The process also involves minor discomfort, and most dogs do not have much of a reaction to it.
You will register the chip number with the company that produces the chip. This way, if your dog is found, they can be traced back to you.
Benefits Compared to a Regular Collar & Tag
Collars and tags are also helpful in returning lost dogs to their owners. Anyone can read a tag, and call the phone number listed to contact the owner. For this reason, your dog should always wear a collar with your name and contact phone number on it.
However, collars and tags can easily fall off and get lost, leaving the dog with no identifying information. Microchips, on the other hand, are permanent and cannot be lost. Provided you keep your registered information up to date, any vet or rescue organization with a microchip scanner will be able to contact you and reunite you with your dog.
How Microchips Work
Microchips are read using a special scanner, which most veterinarians and shelters have. These scanners are universal and can read all modern chip types, regardless of their brand.
When the scanner is passed over the dog's back and sides the microchip will transmit its identification number to the scanner.
The rescuer will then contact the national database, which in turn will contact the owner of the dog.
Microchips are not only valuable for returning lost dogs, but they are also very helpful when it comes to proving ownership.