microchip for dogs

Our neighbor’s dog, Boo. I know he is eating pizza, but that’s all I had.

Today is National Pet Day!!!   Now, I don’t currently have a pet but I did grow up with cats, dogs and fish.  Not all at once but….  you get the idea!  My kids have a lot of stuffed animals, but I guess that doesn’t count.  If I had a pet, I would definitely get it microchipped because I remember losing dogs as a child and that was hard.  At least with a microchip, I would have a chance to get my dog back again.  For those who don’t know, it  is using an rfid chip or microchip for your pet.  It’s called microchipping or using an implantable chip to keep track of your pet if it gets separated from you somehow.

The practice of using a microchip for dogs and other pets is becoming more popular since it decreases the number of stray pets and it can reunite pet with their owners if lost.  Now, you still have to have a collar and tag on your pet.  But having the added protection of a microchip alleviates the fear of losing one’s pet forever.

Microchipping is a movement that is gaining more and more momentum.   In some countries like Ireland and the United Kingdom, all pets by law must have a microchip or pay a steep fine if caught.  The United States as a whole does not require all pets to have a microchip.  However, some states have their own legislation required all pets and/or animals deemed dangerous to be microchipped.

If you are looking to get your pet microchipped, you won’t have to look far.  Microchipping events are held routinely at veterinarians, shelters and pet store chains around the country.  You will have to pay a small fee.   And getting a microchip for your pet is a pretty painless process.  It only takes a few minutes.  An rfid chip that’s the size of a grain of salt gets implanted between the shoulder blades or in the skin flaps behind the neck, under the pet’s skin.  AVID and Homeagain seem to be the most commonly used and best microchips for dogs on the market.

If you are planning to get your pet microchipped, here are some important things to keep in mind….

  1. Get Registered!   The most important thing to do once your microchip your dog is to have it registered to you and not the humane society or veterinarian.  Many people make the mistake of not doing this and if their pet gets lost, the vet or humane society is contacted first not the owner.  Now this might not seem like a big deal to people but if you lose your pet over the weekend, you probably won’t get notified until Monday during business hours if your pet gets found.
  2. Keep Your Info Up to Date.  Keep your information updated on the microchip. So, if you move, have your address and phone number updated on your pet’s microchip. It will cost you a small fee to do this but it is worth it.
  3. Make sure the microchip works.  At your pet’s annual exam at the veterinarian, get the vet to test it to make sure it works and is emitting data. There is no use in having a microchip for your pet if it doesn’t work.

What are your thoughts on microchipping your pet?