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Why You Should Microchip Your Dog

 

You may have seen one of the many microchip dog registry services available and wondered if it was right for your pet. You may have even had one of these microchip dog registry services recommended to you by your breeder or the shelter when you went to adopt your canine companion. Why is there such a push for these types of services, and should you microchip your dog? The simple answer is yes, and in the case of microchipping puppies, the sooner, the better. Here's why you should microchip your dog at a young age.

 


Track lost pets


Microchip dog registry services work by embedding a small chip under your dog's skin. The microchip contains the contact information for the lost pet registry that you signed up for. Veterinarians and animal control officers can use a scanner to detect the chip and obtain the contact information that will allow them to call and find out who the animal belongs to.


As long as you keep your contact information up-to-date with the microchip dog registry company, you should be reunited with your lost pet fairly quickly. Of course, this doesn't mean you should only rely on pet microchipping to keep your dog safe, because if a neighbor or stranger finds your dog, they won't have access to a scanner to determine the identity of its owner. Make sure you keep your dog's tags up-to-date, too.

 


Preventing Accidental Euthanasia

 

Some shelters can't keep dogs that are brought in by animal control. Overcrowding and lack of funding mean that many dogs are euthanized if they can't be rehomed or if their original owners can't be located. If your pet has been microchipped and your contact details have been kept up to date, they should have no problem finding you to return your dog, potentially saving their life in the process.

 

 

Puppies and microchipping


You know how fast and tricky puppies can be. It just takes one second and your curious canine companion will be off on an adventure that they may not return from. Sadly, puppies get lost all the time because they wander off, slip out of their collars, and leave owners behind to wonder what became of their beloved pets.


Some pet owners may be wary of using a microchip dog registry service for their puppy, but there's nothing to be concerned about. The microchipping process itself is fast and easy. A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is implanted using a large bore needle. 


Most puppies can be microchipped safely after four weeks of age, or after they've reached one pound in weight. Once the chip is in place, you just have to register your contact details with the registry and any vet or animal control specialist who finds your lost puppy will be able to contact you and reunite you with your lost pooch.


Microchipping your puppy or dog won't guarantee that it won't get lost at some point in its lifetime, but it will greatly increase the chances that you'll be reunited with your pet. Make sure you keep your contact information up-to-date with the pet registry, especially if you move to a new house, and always keep your contact information updated on your pet's ID tags, too. These measures may just mean the difference between a lost-forever pet, and a lifetime of happiness with your four-legged friend. 

 

 

 

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