why lost dogs need microchips

The Microchip And Why Your Dog Needs One

Today we’re going to look at the importance of the microchip for your furry friend.

Perhaps the greatest fear for any dog parent is that their loyal canine companion becomes lost or runs away from home.

It is a scary prospect.

Indeed, according to the American Kennel Club’s statistics: “one in three pets become lost at some point in their lives.” This is a serious prospect facing every dog owner as it could happen to any one of us.

There are a number of ways to mitigate this risk but the most reliable and statistically backed option is to implant a microchip in our dogs.

What’s A Microchip?

A microchip is a miniscule radio-frequency identification transponder that contains a special identification number.

The vet injects it into the loose skin between your dog’s shoulders. It’s a non invasive procedure that’s similar to a vaccination. The microchip is roughly the size of a grain of rice.

The microchip is not a GPS tracker as it has no power source. Instead, vets and animal shelters scan the microchip antenna to identify the lost dog.

The vet scans the unique identification number to reveal information about the dog.

Once scanned, the microchip will reveal the ID number of your dog and the organization registered with.

Registering A Microchip

For a microchip to work, you must have it registered with an organization that specializes with pet recovery.

In the United Kingdom, Petlog is the biggest database.

In Ireland, you can register with the Irish Kennel Club to upload your dog’s microchip to the database.

It’s important to note that it is now a legal requirement for all dog owners to have their pet microchipped in both the UK and Ireland.

Why Microchips

Collars, GPS trackers and tags are not microchip replacements.

They are complimentary safeguards.

For example, a GPS may tell you where your dog is, but it can’t provide your contact information to those nearby that would help return him home.

Microchips can never go dead or be lost, making them the most reliable way for lost dogs to find their way home.

Final Bark

Microchipping is a simple procedure that allows for easy recovery of lost or stolen dogs.

According to AKC Reunite, “Pets with microchips are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners.”

So, remember, it’s never too late to microchip your furry friend. Just think of what it would be like to lose them.

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That rounds up this week’s BusterBox blog. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun, informative posts!