A dog with a collar.

Whether you are a new dog owner or have had the pleasure of owning a few canines in your time, these furry friends quickly become another member of the family. Young pupppies and older adopted dogs need your help when it comes to their health and safety.

Along with an initial exam and high-quality wellness plan, one of the early steps in responsible dog ownership is to give them an ID. This simple solution can prevent the severe heartache of losing a pet. With so many styles of collars and ID tags, your pet’s collar is the most fashionable, functional tool for pet safety.

Unfortunately, dog collars aren’t foolproof as they can break or fall off. The highest level of safety you can provide to your pet is with a microchip. Millions of animals are reported lost every year, but with the increased use of microchips, many of these animals have been successfully returned home. 

What Is A Microchip?

Your veterinarian can easily implant a microchip that will help identify your dog. These chips are:

  • Small computer chips the size of a grain of rice containing a unique ID number
  • Implanted under the skin of your pet with a simple injection-relatively quick and painless
  • Mobile and can go wherever your pet goes (it cannot fall off or break)
  • Quality enough to last your pet’s lifetime
  • A very strong method for which your pet can be returned home if they are ever lost

The American Veterinary Medical Association has published several academic journal articles, which conclude that microchips are a valuable, permanent pet identification modality. Microchipped dogs are 2.5 times more likely to be returned home than those without microchips. Pets found thousands of miles away from their homes and have been reunited with their families thanks to their microchips.

The Catch

Simply having a microchip implanted into your dog is not the only step in the process for this permanent ID technology.  It is critical that you take steps to ensure that if your pet is lost, their unique ID is linked to you. Here are the steps you must take:

  • Register your pet–once a microchip is placed in your pet, you will get information to go online and register your pet with your contact information as well and other emergency contact information.
  • Keep information up to date–if your contact information will be changing, make sure to login and update the registration information.
  • Add additional contacts–Enter at least 1-2 other emergency contacts in the registry just in case.

Adding a furry friend to your family is an exciting adventure, and the veterinary team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital want to support you! Please contact us to learn more about how we can help.