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Most vets charge anywhere from $75.00 to $150.00 for this service and we have our vet do this at no charge to our puppy parents while thier babies are under anesthesia. So our puppy parnets have piece of mind when it comes to their baby. The only thing our puppy parents need to do is registar their puppy chip into their name. This is a very small fee about 20.00 for the life time. If you ever move you want to make sure you contact the mircochipping company and tell them your new address.
Unfortunately thousands of dogs and puppies become lost or stolen each year. Tragically, very few are ever returned to their owners. Hundreds of lost dogs end up in shelters they are either adopted out to a new family or put to sleep. What every puppy parents must understand that is very important to have your dog identified at all times.
There are several ways to keep your dog identified, collars and tags are nice but what happens if they fall off or get damaged? Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.
How it Works
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dog's shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot. Little to no pain is experienced - most dogs do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the dog can be traced back to the owner if found.
Things You Should Know
Microchips are designed to last for the life of a dog. They do not need to be charged or replaced.
A microchipped dog can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a scanner.
Depending on the brand of microchip and the year it was implanted, even so-called universal scanners may not be able to detect the microchip.
Microchip manufacturers, veterinarians and animal shelters have been working on solutions to the imperfections, and technology continues to improve over time.
No method of identification is perfect. The best thing you can do to protect your dog is to be a responsible owner. Keep current identification tags on your dog at all times, consider microchipping as reinforcement, and never allow your dog to roam free. If your dog does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved companion.
Myths About Mirco-Chipping
The implantation procedure is too expensive.
While the price can vary from one veterinarian to another. A lot of veterinarians will charge even less if they perform the implantation at the same time as another procedure, like spaying, neutering, or dental work. Itís a one-time fee; the chip never needs maintenance or replacement. There may be a fee, generally under $20, to enter your petís ID number in a database, and there may be a small fee for changing your address, phone number, or other contact information in the database. Ask your veterinarian for more information
Itís going to hurt my pet to get the chip implanted.
The procedure is simple, routine, and painless, and it doesnít require any anesthesia. Your pet simply gets an injection just under the loose skin between the shoulder blades; itís a lot like getting vaccinated. Most animals donít react at all.
They couldnít possibly give every pet with a microchip a unique number. My petís number will be duplicated.
The way technology works today, these tiny microchips can hold huge amounts of information. In fact, the microchips are designed to produce 275 billion different identification numbers. On top of that, manufacturers add unique product and manufacturerís codes to identify their chips. With all the possible combinations of ID numbers, there are more than enough numbers to make sure every pet has a completely unique number. Click here for a list of microchip manufacturers, the RFID frequency they use and their phone numbers.
Most shelters and veterinarians donít have microchip readers, so they wonít be able to identify my pet.
Itís true that a microchip wonít work to identify your pet unless your pet comes in contact with a microchip reader. There are few shelters and veterinarians in the US today that donít have readers. (In Canada, almost all the animal control services and veterinarians have readers.) The main microchip manufacturers offer universal microchip readers to humane societies, shelters, and veterinarians for free or for a small fee. Until recently, each brand of microchip could only be read by its own brand of microchip reader. Recently, though, universal readers that read all brands of microchips have been made available to the shelter community. Ask your veterinarian, your nearby humane society or shelter, or the animal control department in your area whether they have microchip readers readily available. If not, encourage them to get the readers. Of course, to be sure your pets will be returned to you, you should identify them with an updated tag and a microchip.
Eventually, the microchip will wear out and Iíll have to have it replaced.
The chip doesnít have an internal battery or power source. Most of the time it is inactive. When the microchip reader is passed over it, it gets enough power from the reader to transmit the petís ID number. Since thereís no battery and no moving parts, thereís nothing to wear out or replace. The microchip will last throughout your petís lifetime. However, it is your responsibility as the pet owner to update your petís microchip everytime you change addresses or phone numbers.
My cat never goes outside. She doesnít need to have a microchip ID.
Itís wonderful that youíre keeping your pet safe inside, but a guest or a repair person could easily leave the door hanging open, or a screen could come loose from an open window. Unaltered pets in particular will take any chance to roam. Thereís a possibility that your house could be damaged in heavy storm, flood, or other natural disaster, causing your cat to run away in fear. Pets can even be stolen-particularly birds and exotic or purebred animals. No matter how closely you watch your favorite animal friend, thereís always a chance she could get out, and if she doesnít have any ID, it will be extremely hard to find her.
If someone else ever tries to claim my pet, the microchip ID number wonít hold up in court.
A microchip ID number is unique, it canít be changed, and it links a pet to its owner through an international database. It works a lot like the serial numbers that link vehicles, stereos, TV sets, and other valuable possessions to their owners. The American and Canadian Kennel Clubs have recognized microchipping as definitive proof of a dogís identity and ownership, and accept microchip identification to register purebred dogs. If you own a very valuable pet, or if youíre afraid there might be a question about who has custody of your pet, microchip identification could be a big help.
Itís not safe for my dog to have a foreign object inside his body.
Any foreign material injected carries some risks. However, the risks of are extremely minimal compared to the risk of your pet becoming lost. Veterinarians have been implanting microchips in animals for years, and the process has been proven to be very safe. The chip is made out of an inert, biocompatible substance, which means it wonít cause an allergic reaction in your furry friend, and it wonít degenerate over time. The first versions of the microchip would sometimes migrate from where they were injected, but manufacturers now design the chips with antimigrating properties. When theyíre implanted properly, todayís chips wonít migrate. Once theyíre in place, they wonít move around or get near any delicate tissues or organs. You can help make sure the microchip heals securely by keeping your pet calm and quiet for the 24 hours following injection. Because the microchip is placed just under the skin and not internally, microchip reading is completely safe as well.
Microchipping is safe, effective, durable, and dependable, but it canít absolutely guarantee that a lost pet will be found. The best way to keep your pet safe is to use more than one form of identification. Microchips are long lasting and a wonderful means of identification, but there is a chance a shelter wonít have a reader, so a tattoo would be an effective backup form of identification. If kind strangers find your dog in the street, on the other hand, they wonít have a reader handy to check for a microchip and wonít know where to call to match a animalís tattoo to an owner. A tag with your name and address would let them bring your pet right back to your door. Another possibility would be a tag that informs readers that your pet has been microchipped and/or tattooed and gives them the number to call to reach the ID number database. Thereís always the possibility that one kind of identification could fail, but if your pet has two or three kinds of ID, thereís a good chance that at least one will help bring her home to you. Talk to your veterinarian about how to provide the best identification for your pet.
In a perfect world, leashes, fences, and doors would be enough to keep your pet safe at home. In the real world, accidents happen, and your pet depends on you to protect her against the things that could go wrong. With a little effort now, you can take a big step toward ensuring that your furry friend will be with you in the future.