What is a microchip and what can it do for me and my dog?

What is a microchip and what can it do for me and my dog?

Microchips can help lost animals find their owner 55 % quicker than without it. These chips aren't poisonous and are very safe.

A microchip is a computer chip about the size of a grain of rice. The chip is inserted between the animal's shoulder blades and the dog's back. Once the chip is implanted, the chip is read with a chip scanner and has a unique number that is associated with you, the owner, that will identify your animal.

Microchips in pets can be inserted usually after six weeks old or if your pet is extra small 12 weeks might be recommended by your vet.

What are the benefits of having a microchip implanted in my dog?

Microchips increase your chances of finding your pet by 52 % if they get lost. If your dog requires medication, this could be life-saving to find them faster. This is way your dog's identity can not be stolen.

Microchips can make travel easier for owners and also for their pets. If anything were to happen during travel, the dog owner would be able to claim their pet and any items that they left behind by making claims to appropriate transportation authorities.

What are the cons of having a microchip implanted in my dog?

There are some reports that dogs have had inflammation around where their microchip was implanted, and inflammation creates a very small risk for the development of cancer. And the only other con is that the microchip is not a GPS and cannot track your pet if it gets lost.

How do I prevent my dog from getting lost or stolen?

The best way to prevent your dog from becoming lost or stolen is to keep him or her contained. Keep an eye on your dog while in a fenced in yard to see if they are trying to wonder by digging a hole or attempting to jump over the fence. Security cameras help alert you of unfamiliar motion.

You can also use a physical fence or a radio system that can be heard in your area.

What if my dog ignores my commands to stop?

Many dogs are trained to stop when told to by their masters. If you don't tell your dog to stop and you allow him or her to go anyway, you are reinforcing the behavior. Even a small amount of effort (a pat or a hand signal) will teach your dog to stop.

What if the dog gets out of the yard?

Your fence may not be strong enough to contain your dog. If the dog is large in size, he or she is very unlikely to climb over your fence. Besides, someone may come along and steal your dog. What are you supposed to do then?

It's time to look at other alternatives. What if you don't want your dog to get out in the first place?

There are alternatives to a physical fence. Perhaps your neighborhood has a neighbor who doesn't need or want to fence his or her yard. Perhaps you can find a way to create a barrier that will contain your dog without fencing it.

Many people have dog runs next to their homes. These can be set up so that the dog can go out when he or she needs to. Many neighborhoods don't allow you to put up a fence and so you can't keep your dog confined. When you do set up a dog run, you need to be careful that it isn't too close to the road or the neighbor's property.

What if the neighbor has a dog that is friendly to a dog?

Many times a neighbor may allow his or her dog to roam free when the neighbor is not around. This creates a doggy dilemma. What if you had to return to work and you couldn't take your dog with you? What if you had to go to the movies or another event and you couldn't take your dog?

You may even be able to find a pet sitter, kennel, or house sitter who can keep your dog for short periods when you are not at home. This will be great for your dog, you concerned, and the neighbor.

It can be a challenge to overcome the above obstacles, but you will find help. If you are ready to compromise, find a neighbor, or get a fence installed, then you will find the solution you need to get your puppy or dog fixed.