What is a dog microchip?
Your puppy from French bulldogs from Paradise is going to arrive to you with a microchip, so you don't have to worry about it at all. We just have to update the microchip contact information to your name and address . The question is what is this microchip-thing?
The microcip is a tiny NFC technology transporter inserted under the dog's skin to give a permanent ID. It contains informations about the registry's contact information, an ID number and sometimes the brand that manufactures the microchip. It can last 25 years. Pretty cool, huh? It doesn't have any expiry date, so your puppy doesn't need to renew it every 5 or 10 years.
There are some microchip-myths, let's see:
It allows you to track your pet's location
It's not a GPS tracking, as it's said above it's a way to identify a pet's owner if the pet gets missing. This is the reason you have to update your contact information if it changes.
Microchipping requires surgery or anesthesia
It's easy to insert under the pet's skin because its size is so small.
But if it's not a GPS tracking then what can you do if your puppy gets missing?
- First, log in to the microchip registry - every brands have their own registry - and officially lodge a complaint that your puppy is missing.
- You have to enter the microchip ID number and then all you can do is wait.
- Wait to see if your dog will turn up somewhere they will be scanned.
- If they are get scanned the registry will be contacted and they will notify you.
If you find a pet who probably got missing you can not read their microchip with you phone. You need a pet microchip scanner, so please take them to a veterinarian or a shelter because they've got this scanner!
According to AKC Reunite:
"Pets with microchip are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners."