October 24, 2016

Microchips

Robin here!

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!


16 comments:

  1. Cricket was just microchipped at the vet. It's about the only way you can prove the dog is yours.
    Elliot and Cricket x

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  2. I'm microchipped Christmas...I was done by the lady the peeps got me frum at the kennel
    Now though, I prefers to EAT my chips rather than haf them injected!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. I'm microchipped. Mom wishes it worked like where's my iPhone because sometimes I ignore her when she's calling.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  4. Great info Christmas..you mom is very smart
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  5. Great info Christmas. Here in the UK it is illegal for dogs not to be microchipped. One of my peeps is a registered microchip implanter so I was microchipped here at home :-) We were even able to help reunite a lost dog with their owner when we scanned the little Westie who was miles from her family and found out where she lived through the database. Nose licks and love from Moth xx

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  6. I just love the cat who voted for you once and it wasn't awful!!!

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  7. We have our microchips...actually all puppies are supposed to have them before they go to new homes.

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  8. BOL! Your campaign poster cracked us up! We are starting to try and clean out our office but it is kinda messy since we have been without a secretary for a long time. BTW, we are both chipped!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  9. All of our dogs have been microchipped. You can never be too careful. Misty will get hers when she is spayed. Great PSA, Christmas and Robin.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  10. I am microchiped - the vet did it
    hugs
    Mabel

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  11. I agree...Hazuzu and I are both microchipped.
    Your Furend
    Louis Dog Armstrong

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  12. We're all chipped here!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  13. wow you have a famous supporter... I'm a big fan of grumpy :o) I'm chipped, of course it's law here and no breeder nor a shelter organization can give a pup away without chipping...

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  14. hello christmas its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am not microchippd tho my sister saya wuz!!! i suppoze its just as wel if i wer chippd then spicoli mite try to tayk a bite owt of me he duz luv those chips so!!! ok bye

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