If you think your dog's identification tag is going to help to bring him home if he gets lost, think again. Microchipping your furry pal, in addition to wearing a tag, can offer extra protection that increases your chances of reuniting with your dog.
The Microchipping Process
A microchip is usually implanted between your dog's shoulder blades under his skin. Implanting this computer chip, which is the size of a rice grain and made to work for 25 years, is done with a large-bore needle. It's painless and done within one minute. You'll have to submit requested information to the microchip company to register your dog. He'll also get a visible tag, which likewise discloses the registry's phone number and the chip number.
How It Works
If your dog gets lost, a finder can use your pet companion's tag to contact the registry to find out who he belongs to. In the absence of a visible tag, a veterinarian or local shelter can read the radio frequency of the chip with a handheld scanner. Then, they can contact the registry to determine who the dog belongs to and reunite him with his owner.
A veterinarian or local shelter might charge a fee to have the microchip implanted. The microchip company might also charge a one-time fee to register your dog. Consult a veterinarian if you're interested in microchipping your dog.