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5 Things to Know about Micro Chipping Your Dog

You couldn’t be more excited to have a new member of the family. You found the perfect pup and your apartment is all ready to bring him or her home. While you’ve probably thought about potty training and puppy proofing your apartment, you may not have thought about what would happen if your dog got lost. Microchipping your dog may be the perfect solution. Here are five things you need to know about this technology:

1. What it Is

A microchip is a small glass cylinder that contains an RFID inside. The RFID has a unique serial number and works as a personal identification number for your pet. In addition to the serial number, the microchip holds your phone number so a vet or animal shelter can call you if your dog is found.

2. How it Works

A common misconception about microchips is that they track your dog. They don’t. A microchip works like other RFIDs, such as Apple Pay or Samsung Pay on your phone. They use radio waves to transfer information (the serial number and your phone number) to a scanner. This means that if someone finds your dog on the street, they can take him or her to a vet and have them scan for a chip and find your contact information.

3. It Doesn’t Replace ID Tags

Because you can’t see a microchip and they can only be read by a vet or animal shelter, you still should equip your dog with a collar and ID tag. If someone finds your dog, the easiest way for them to return him or her is to call the phone number on the tag. The more ways someone can reach you if they find your precious pup, the better.

4. It Needs to be Implanted by a Vet

Microchipping your dog is very safe if it’s done correctly by a vet. The process is similar to giving your dog a vaccine, but it uses a slightly larger needle. On the rare occasion there can be medical complications, which is why it’s important that a professional does it. Although it doesn’t hurt your dog, many people choose to implant a microchip when their dog gets spayed or neutered to have it done under anesthesia.

5. It Needs to be Registered

The final, but probably most important step, is to register the microchip. Once it’s implanted you will receive information about how to register it, either with paper forms or online. You then need to make sure to keep all of your information up to date. If you move or change your phone number, be sure to inform the registry. After all, what’s the point of having a microchip with a phone number on it if it’s not your phone number?

You want to keep your new puppy safe and sound in your apartment. Take the extra step to microchip him or her to give yourself a little extra peace of mind.

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