Today I'll be discussing microchips. I think it's extremely important that all pet parents microchip their furry family members. Okay, first I'll talk about what a microchip even is. A microchip is an itty bitty chip that is injected into the skin of a dog or cat. It is just like an injection to the animal, and it does no harm to your pet. Here is a picture from the internet of a microchip compared to a grain of rice.
That's pretty tiny! If you'd like to have your pet microchipped, you can do it at home, but for safety reasons I think it's probably best if you have a veterinarian microchip your pet. It costs about $45 to have your pet microchipped. Note that microchips are NOT pet trackers! They can only be used if your pet is taken to a veterinarian, shelter, or animal control office. If your pet isn't wearing any proper identification, the vet, shelter, or animal control office will scan your pet to see if they are microchipped. If so, the scanner will reveal a unique ID number.
Your microchip needs to be registered with a pet recovery database such as HomeAgain. That way, when your pet's microchip is scanned, the person who scanned it will see your contact information. Of course a microchip is no replacement for a well fitting collar with up to date contact information on your dog's tag. However, a microchip can save your pet's life. If you ever move or your phone number changes, you should get in touch with the pet recovery database you're using to have them update your pet's microchip.
A couple weeks after we brought Chris home, I wasn't home and Chris escaped at night. Of course that happened to be the day he rolled in his poop (disgusting, I know) and I gave him a bath. That meant he didn't have his collar on for a while. He wasn't the well trained dog he is now, and my family and neighbors were all trying to find Christmas. Luckily, he got stuck somewhere and he was brought home. A few days later, Chris' breeder microchipped Chris, and now I have better peace of mind about Chris. Now he's trained enough that I wouldn't worry about him running off (he's never allowed off leash anyway because we don't have a fenced in yard), but he has better identification if he were to escape.
Are your pets microchipped?
Here's Chris' campaign poster of the day!