The insertion of a microchip dog is a fairly easy and fast procedure. With the use of a needle, the microchip will be inserted just under the skin of your dog. The location is almost always around the neck and it only takes a few seconds for the microchip to be fully inserted.
Depending on where you get your dog microchipped, you will be able to include as much unique information as possible. There are a lot of benefits to getting your dog microchipped because they might not always have a collar or tag on them. In the case of your dog getting lost, you will be easily found through the microchip.
Is it possible to update the information in the microchip?
It is possible to update the information that is already in the microchip. Most facilities encourage dog owners to update the microchip in their dog as often as possible to ensure that there is no outdated data when trying to look them up. The importance of a dog’s microchip also extends beyond the dog.
When you have a microchip in your dog, you can include the medical information regarding your dog. This is important especially if there are any medical conditions that your dog may have as well as allergies that you may wish to bring to light if they do get lost.
Anyone who finds your dog will be able to pinpoint what needs to be done to ensure that your dog is avoiding any medical harm to them while you are being contacted. Unlike a microchip, a collar or a tag might fall off or get caught. That’s one of the primary reasons as to why dogs take longer to be found.
How do I track my dog with the use of a microchip?
The live location of your dog won’t be updated in the microchip. The intended use of the microchip is for the person who finds your dog to be able to find who they should be returned to and what needs to be remembered when feeding them as they wait for their owner.
Although you can’t track your dog live with the use of a microchip, things are still looking up if your dog does get lost. Statistics show that dogs with a microchip inserted in their skin are 20% more likely to be reunited with their owner. The risk of inserting a microchip dog is minimal, but the benefit is enticing.
I’m worried about my privacy
If you’re thinking that anyone who buys a microchip dog scanner or has access to one will automatically have access to your personal information, then, unfortunately, that’s not the case. You can make any allergies or medical conditions accessible to anyone who scans the microchip so they can take better care of your dog, but your location and contact details are encrypted. They will need to go to a vet to get your unique ID number unencrypted so they can view your contact information.
There’s just very little risk involved when getting a microchip dog. However, the chances of your pet getting lost far outweighs these concerns.