Microchips have been there for a long time, but it is more evident that people and countries are paying attention to it more now. In some European countries, microchips in dogs is a must, and is passed on by the law. It is no surprise that we expect microchips to be in spotlight in the coming years. So in preparation let’s get deeper into the matter and know more about the microchipping your dog.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small chip in the size of a rice grain that gets injected under the dog’s skin. This microchip is registered internationally and contains all details about the dog and its owner.
Here are 6 important thing you need to know about the chip
- The chip needs to be updated whenever any change occurs
- The chip is not a tracking device, so the chip is only useful when scanned. When scanned the company that made the chip will contact the owner to know about the dog’s location
- It doesn’t have any harmful side effects to the dog’s health
- It doesn’t hurt a dog, but causes the same discomfort to them as when having a normal vaccination
- How to choose from different brands? Ask your vet about the most common brand in your area
- If a dog has a microchip will he/she need a tag too? Yes, as confirmed, the chip is only useful when scanned. If the dog got lost for example, and has a name tag with contact details, it would be easier to contact you through the tag than from scanning the microchip.
Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: Web MD , Dogs Trust , Mirror , BBC News
Reviewed and approved by Dr. Mohamed Sobeih, Island Veterinary Clinic