Responsible pet owners are using microchip to ensure that if their pets are ever lost and turned into the pound they will be returned as quickly as possible. In many areas in Spain it is a legal requirement. Responsible breeders are also making increasing use of these tools to assure that the puppies they sell will be identified and appropriate action taken if they are ever lost or, for any reason, turned over to a shelter or pound.

The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades with a syringe like instrument. It contains no batteries or chemicals and has an active life of about 25 years. The age at which this can be done varies With the size and development of the dog, as a certain amount of muscle tissue is necessary. With larger breeds, it can be done by 7-9 weeks of age, which is when most puppies go to their new homes. Most vets now have the capacity to insert microchips.

When scanned, the microchip will reveal a code that is unique to the dog. By consulting the appropriate chip registry database, relevant information – including dog’s owner, breeder, emergency contact, even health problems and food requirements – can be obtained. Implanting the chip and registering the information is included in the cost. Dog Clubs often have group microchip discounts.

Advantages of Microchips:

The microchip cannot get lost or stolen like a collar can.
The microchip cannot be worn off or removed like a tattoo.
The microchip can lead to all of the necessary information about the dog (even preferred food), its owners, breeder, emergency contact and information can be changed readily.

Disadvantages of Microchips:

Microchips cannot be detected or read without a scanner and unfortunately, there are still many animal shelters and societies that do not have scanners.
My dog has a tag with my phone number and it says reward.

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