When we bring a pet into our lives, they quickly become a very important part of the family. Most loving and caring pet owners would agree that becoming separated from their beloved animal due to them becoming lost or being stolen would be one of their worst nightmares. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common occurrence and countless animals, including dogs, go missing every single year. Try as we might to keep them safe, animals tend to have an uncanny ability for getting away from us if they want to. From running away when we have them out of the house, such as on a walk, to escaping from your property regardless of how well you think you have secured it, there are many ways in which your pet could be lost or stolen.
In the past, dog owners were purely reliant on collars and identification tags to be reunited with their furbaby. While they can be effective, they can also fall off or, if the finder or a thief so wishes, removed or the details altered. Fortunately, today there is a much more reliable solution – pet microchipping.
What is pet microchipping?
Microchipping is a simple, painless procedure that involves implanting a tiny, radio-frequency identification device – or RFID, under your pet’s skin. In dogs, this is usually placed between the shoulder blades. Once in place, the chip remains inactive unless it comes into contact with a microchip scanner.
Before the microchip is placed, it is first pre-loaded with a unique reference number. This number relates to an entry on a secure database that contains your personal contact information, such as your name, address and cell number. Depending on your microchip provider, other important information about your dog may also be on the database.
If your lost or stolen dog is found, or in sad cases where your pet has regrettably passed away, recovered, it is possible for a veterinarian or shelter to scan them and find you as his owner.
Why is it so important to microchip your dog?
There are a range of reasons why you should make microchipping your dog one of your earliest priorities.
The return of your pet
By far the biggest advantage of microchipping your canine companion is that you are more likely to be reunited with him should he become lost or stolen. It is virtually impossible to tamper with a pet microchip since it is inserted under the skin and is too small to see or even feel. It cannot fall off or out, and most importantly, the details cannot be changed without contacting the microchip provider with the unique identification code and passing the relevant security checks.
Enables closure in the case of loss of life
Unfortunately, it is a sad fact that a number of pets pass away before they can be reunited with their owner. This can be due to many reasons, from injuries sustained such as if he is hit by a car to malnutrition. Not knowing what has happened to your pet can be incredibly difficult to live with, but if your dog has been microchipped and his body is recovered, it may be possible for you to be reunited to say goodbye. This can be a very important step in the grieving process and give you the closure you need.
Settle ownership disputes
Ownership disputes over animals are a very common occurrence, largely because they look alike and also because they are unable to tell us definitely who their owner is. If you have a canine who is a people-pleaser, he might be more than happy to show love and affection to anyone who shows it back, and not have any real loyalty to you. However, since you need to be a dog’s registered owner to microchip him and change his records, this process can help settle any arguments over his rightful owner.
If you would like more information about microchipping your dog, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinary team would be happy to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call, email or pop by our clinic in Murrayville, Georgia.