Even the most cautious pet parent know: accidents can happen. And, when we’re headed into summer spending more time outdoors, and having friends and family over to socialize, it’s a good idea to take a look at everything you’re doing to help keep your pet safe. And that includes microchipping Fido. It’s the perfect time to discuss exactly what a dog microchip is, why you should consider a microchip implant for your pet and how to go about getting one.
What Is A Dog Microchip?
If you’ve ever heard a pet parent talking about a microchip and wondered exactly what it is, you’re not alone! While plenty of people talk about them and ensure their pets have them, many pet parents don’t actually know what a microchip is or how it works.
Think of a microchip as a permanent, but silent, dog tag for your pet. It assigns an ID number to your dog--so that when the chip’s scanned, all his information pops up. A dog microchip is about the teeny, tiny size of a grain of rice.
The chip itself is a radio-frequency transponder that doesn’t require you to do anything to use it. Once it’s implanted, and your pet’s registered into a database full of other pets and their contact info, you’re good to go.
How Does A Microchip Work?
A dog microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin, directly between his shoulder blades. They are implanted in the same place on all pets so they’re easy to scan and it’s quick to identify whether or not a pet has a chip. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s a painful installation, don’t worry. Getting a microchip is akin to a little pinprick of a shot, and won’t cause your pet too much distress.
As mentioned, once implanted, you don’t have to think twice about your dog’s microchip. That is, unless your pet has somehow managed to get away. In this case, the Vet or animal group that’s gotten hold of your dog can use a hand scanner to read the radio frequency of the chip. They’re then able to identify him and get in touch with you based on the contact information you have registered along with the microchip.
Why Microchipping Your Pet Is Important
Of course, you want to keep your pet safe. At all times. No questions asked. You’re a loving pet parent after all! But, even the most cautious pet parents know that there’s no way to predict, or prevent, all situations your pet may find himself in And that includes the elusive escape.
ID Tags Aren’t Everything
It’s great if you’ve chosen to adorn your dog’s collar with ID tags. They’re an effective way to let people know who your pet is and how to contact you if he’s found wandering around. That said, they’re not always effective. ID tags can wear and tear over time. They can come loose. And they can fall off. A microchip, on the other hand, doesn’t show signs of age and can’t be lost! So, while tags are a must-have and your pet should absolutely wear them, it’s also a good idea to pair that preventative measure with a microchip as well.
In Case Your Dog’s Collar Breaks
While it’s great to spring for the best gear and opt for a collar that’s top-notch, even the highest quality neckpieces can’t guarantee your pet 100% safety. If you’re out on a walk, and your doggo spots a squirrel and gives one massive tug, he could break free, and be wandering around after that squirrel, tag-free. The best way to help keep your pet safe, in the event of a collar breakaway, is to have your dog microchipped. There’s no way to accidentally snap, break, fray a microchip away.
When You’re Traveling
If you’re hitting the road and bringing Fido along in tow, it’s a good idea to make sure your pet’s microchipped before you head off on your adventure. The last thing you want is to find yourself, and your pet, in a strange-to-you place without identification. In the event that your dog gets lost on the trail, or gets spooked because he’s in a new place, you’ll want to do everything you can to get reunited! And a microchip can help make that happen ASAP.
Where To Get Your Dog’s Microchip Implant
When you’ve made the decision to have your pet microchipped, it’s easy to get it done! And, you typically have options. Where to get it done, how much it will cost and more, vary depending on how you choose to move forward with your dog’s microchip.
Head To The Vet
Ready to add some ID to your dog? Then, all you need to do is head to your Vet. Almost every office offers the service and it’s usually at a reasonable cost. Each office has different policies, so get in touch with your local Vet for more information.
Watch Out For A Microchip Event
Many shelters and rescue organizations also offer microchipping through special events. You may need to register before you attend to reserve a spot. Or, you might be able to just walk in and request a microchip. Whatever the case may be, these events offer a convenient way to get your pet’s microchip implant inserted.
Pethonesty Products To Help Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer
Microchipping your dog this June is a great way to head into summer with a safety plan in place. Another way you can help keep Fido secure is to add calming, soothing ingredients to his diet. It’s beneficial if your pet’s prone to occasional anxiety, especially if he tends to dig or try to escape when feeling stressed. Try Pethonesty Premium Hemp Calming Chews or Calming Hemp Chews. They’re both formulated with Chamomile, Ginger Root, and Valerian Root, all ingredients that can help ease Fido’s stressed mind.