Microchipping Pets – Finding Your Lost Dog is Now Easy!
When your dog is lost, your helpless canine friend cannot do anything more than barking to express his discomfort on being away from home and you. Of course, they won’t remember the way to the house if they are lost in an unknown place. As a result, when dog shelters find it, it is either adopted by new owners or euthanized. Microchipping is a process by which your dog can be identified as your pet by the shelter. Although microchips are not categorized specifically as a part of your dog’s pet supplies, microchipping is still becoming an important necessity for pet owners.
What Is Microchipping?
A small computer chip that is not bigger than a rice grain and encased in a glass is injected into the body of the dog with the help of a syringe. It is inserted between its shoulder blades. The process is quick and painless and dogs aren’t even aware when the chip is inserted. A scanner is used to detect the microchip. However, for the detection, the dog must be registered with the microchip company. When the pet is lost, it is easily detected back to the owner with the help of the hand held scanner. (Editor’s note: Registration of the microchip is essential! If the microchip is not registered and the owner’s contact information is not on record, the microchip is worthless.)
These microchips do not have to be replaced. They are so designed that they last the life of a dog. However, sometimes they move from the injected place to other parts of the body, though this is not a problem. The instructions of the company are to scan the dog’s body completely so that the chip can be detected. (Editor’s note: Newer microchips are manufactured to reduce the possibility of migration although it is still possible.)
The problem arises only when a shelter that does not possess a scanner finds the dog. Another problem is that the technology of these chips keeps changing and sometimes, a universal scanner is also unable to detect the chip. This is a problem that is being considered by the companies manufacturing microchips and it is hoped that a solution will soon be found. (Editor’s note: A universal scanner is available that, to the best of my knowledge, will detect all microchips, regardless of manufacturer. However, it may not always be capable of reading the information encoded in the microchip.)
As yet there is no foolproof method of tracing the dog back to its owner if it is lost. The old identification tag on the leash is still your best bet and therefore, be a responsible pet owner and keep updating the identification tags. Microchipping is no doubt an advantage but there is no guarantee that it will work. Take precautions of keeping your dog with you at all times and never let it roam all by itself outside. (Editor’s note: Keep in mind that if your pet is lost, he is likely to be found by a friend or neighbor first who does not have a scanner. If your pet has an identification tag, that may be all that is needed to return your pet home. However, identification tags can fall off or be removed. That’s where a microchip can become extremely useful.)
About the author: Eliza Lyttle is a pet lover and is the owner of two labradors and one white cat. She is the contributor for Party Supplies Megastore, a popular party supplies store.
This article is posted with the permission of the Pet Health Care Gazette