Microchip: No, not the edible kind of chips!

Microchip Your Dog. It’s a Life Saver

Illustration of dog and where the microchip goes between the shoulder blades.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a little chip with a number on it that is implanted underneath the dog’s skin with a needle. The needle is inserted under the skin and there is a plunger that pushes the chip in. The needle comes out and leaves the chip under the skin. (There may be slight bleeding since this is a big needle.)

The microchip stays in the dog for its’ lifetime.

Sometimes the chip may relocate to another area on the body. That’s why it is important to scan a dog all over to make sure they aren’t microchipped.

After Implantation of Microchip

Microchip gun is like a big needle.

After getting the microchipped, you then register the number associated with the microchip number online or the company’s phone number.

Many veterinarians and rescues do this for you so when your dog gets lost, you now have a way to distinguish your dog. Veterinarians and rescues keep the microchip number sticker in their system so when the dog is scanned, the number will come back to your profile.

So hopefully if a person finds a dog, they will take it to a veterinary clinic and see if it has a microchip.

Boston Terrier at the vet office getting their microchip scanned by a veterinarian.
Scanner checking for microchip

Company Membership

There are some companies that keep your information for free with unlimited updates and some companies that you pay a yearly membership to keep your records on file.

Here are the top 5 microchip companies. I like PetWatch and HomeAgain personally.

Keep Your Information Up-To-Date

Golden Retriever with leash in his mouth looking around for his owner.
“Hello, where did you go?”

Always keep your information up-to-date when moving, giving someone else custody, and if you change your phone number. Too many times I have seen a lost dog come in the veterinary clinic that the owners did not update their information.

Chloe Getting Hers

“As long as you hold me, I don’t care what happens.”

My dog Chloe came from a rescue so they did the implant of the microchip before we got custody. (Most rescues will go ahead and microchip so if the dog gets lost or sold to someone else, they have records that you were the person that got them.) I was there when they did it and she didn’t even flinch. (She is a pretty tough girl!)

When Frankie Got His

“That was a huge needle!!”

Then I talked my parents into getting Frankie (my pug that my parents got custody of) microchipped. He screamed his little head off when they inserted the needle and of coarse he bled. (He was pretty wimpy!!)

Published by Dogwuvr

My love of animals started when I volunteered at a humane society. From there I wanted to teach people how to take care of their precious pets and get the word out about adopting. I went to Animal Behavior College and got my Dog Obedience Certification. I have been working in veterinary clinics and give people information about dogs.

One thought on “Microchip: No, not the edible kind of chips!

  1. I was at my daughter’s house and her cat escaped while we were packing to move her. Thank goodness, two kind ladies found him and got him identified at at vet 3 days before they moved two thousand miles away. The kids were ecstatic. He was found 7 miles away. They were about to move from New Jersey to Texas. All my pets are chipped!

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