What You Should Know About Microchipping Dogs

Veterinarian scanning dog for microchip

Many people have microchips implanted in their dogs for identification purposes. If your pet does not have a microchip, you might want to consider having one implanted into your dog.

Microchipping has multiple benefits. Millions of pets get lost and end up in shelters every year, but a microchipped dog can easily be reunited with owners.

It is critical that your dog carries identification at all times, whether or not it is microchipped. The norm is a collar with tags, however it can fall off or become damaged. Fortunately, science has made it feasible to implant a microchip inside your pet for permanent identification.

How Microchipping Works

A grain of rice is roughly the size of a pet microchip. A small computer chip is enclosed in an unique sort of glass. The substance may be used on live tissue. A needle and special syringe are used to implant the microchip between the animal's shoulder blades under the skin. It works similarly to receiving a shot (except with a larger needle). The insertion of the chip will cause your dog little to no discomfort in most situations; many canines will hardly detect it.

Despite the bigger needle, most dogs respond similarly to a conventional immunization. If you're afraid that your pet may be bothered by the needle size, you can have him or her microchipped while getting spayed or neutered. If your dog is already fixed, it can be implanted during a professional dental cleaning, which is normally an anesthetic process.

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.

The pet must be registered with a microchipping business once the microchip is implanted, which is usually a one-time cost. If your dog is discovered, it can be tracked back to you. GPS or other locating capabilities are not available on microchips. To begin the process of locating the owner of a missing pet, a chip reader must be scanned.

Manufacturers of microchips, doctors, and animal shelters have been working on remedies to the flaws, and technology is improving all the time. Fortunately, the readability of the newest microchips on the market is often improved.


Considerations for Microchipping

  • Long-lasting: Microchips are designed to last for the life of your pet. They do not need to be charged or replaced. There are no batteries.
  • Some chips migrate: Some microchips have been known to migrate from the area between the shoulder blades. The instructions for scanning emphasize the need to scan the dog’s entire body, including the limbs.
  • It requires a universal scanner: A microchipped pet can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a universal scanner. However, some shelters and veterinary offices do not have these or any scanners, especially in rural areas.
  • Some chips are old and not detectable: 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. This mainly applies to old chips or those implanted in foreign countries. Most new microchips are usually compatible with universal scanners.

Why You Should Microchip Your Dog

There is no ideal way of identification. Maintaining current identifying tags, keeping your dog leashed, and not allowing your pet to wander freely are all examples of responsible pet management. Consider microchipping as a backup option. If your pet becomes separated from you, further identification might help you locate your cherished friend.


Your microchipping company should register your dog, but as an extra step, you should enter your dog's unique identifier number in the free pet registry.

Maintain contact information with the microchip registration business at all times. If your and the chip is scanned, you will be informed immediately. If you move, obtain a new phone number, or change your email address, update your microchip contact information as soon as possible.

There are many microchip brands and chip registration companies. For your local area, your best bet would be to ask your vet for their recommendation.

  • How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

    Around $50, depending on where you live. In some areas, there is low-cost microchipping through the municipality or larger pet stores.

  • How do you track a dog with a microchip?

    You cannot monitor your microchipped dog since microchips are not GPS locators. A microchip will aid in the identification of your pet if it becomes separated from you. When a shelter or veterinarian encounters a stray dog (or cat), the first thing they do is scan them for a microchip. The microchip belongs to a firm that contains all of the owner's information and can assist in reuniting the missing pet with its family.

  • How do you deactivate a dog microchip?

    We don't understand why you'd want to turn off your pet's chip. However, you can contact the firm in charge of the microchip's information and request that it be deactivated.