When you decide to bring a dog into your family, you become responsible for every aspect of his care - from ensuring he gets the right nutrition and preventative health care to keeping him as safe as possible from unpredictable accidents and injuries. You may feel overwhelmed with different things to consider and priorities to juggle, but easily one of the most important things for you to do in the early days of owning a dog is to get him microchipped.
About pet microchipping
Pet microchipping is quickly becoming the preferred way of attaching identification to any domestic animal, and in particular dogs. This quick, painless process provides a permanent way to link your canine to your ownership and involves placing a tiny microchip underneath the skin beneath your dog’s shoulder blades. This microchip is inactive and remains so unless it comes into close proximity to an RFID scanner. At this point, it emits a signal that contains a unique reference number, which can be noted by the person or party doing the scanning. This reference number correlates to a database entry which contains personal contact information for your pet – meaning that, provided your details are up to date - you can be contacted to collect your furbaby.
Are my personal details safe?
Many people are understandably worried about the security of their personal information. Nevertheless, microchipping providers invest huge sums of money into the safety of the data that they store. This means that if you choose a reputable chip provider, you should have no concerns about identity theft.
Why should I microchip my dog?
Every time you step outside with your dog, he is at greater risk of becoming permanently separated from you. This is especially the case when you are putting your furbaby into a boarding facility, even if it is the most secure and professional kennels around. This is because unless your canine is an old hand at pet boarding, he is likely to become either very excited or very scared when he arrives at kennels. These intense emotions can cause sudden reactions, and it is not unheard of for a dog to unexpectedly bolt. Even if your dog is on the leash, the force of such strong feelings can enable him to overpower you and yank the leash from your grasp. Some dogs manage to slip their collar, even where doing so seems impossible.
Many owners remain sceptical about the benefits of microchipping, but studies quite clearly show that those animals who are microchipped are more likely to be returned to their owner – and this is inevitably your priority of your dog gets lost or is stolen. The main reason for this is that a microchip is impossible to tamper with. You need to pass certain strict security information to change the details on the microchip, and it cannot be removed without surgical intervention. Even then, finding the microchip can prove futile since it is as small as a grain of rice.
Untangling an identity crisis
Boarding kennels tend to be full of dogs of all shapes and sizes. Nevertheless, you may find that there is another canine boarding at the same time as your furry friend who happens to look just like him. In the absence of voice identification, we have little choice but to use the appearance of our animals to figure out which is which. However, since our animals cannot tell us their names or who they belong to, if two near-identical animals become mixed up, it can prove nearly impossible to tell which is which. Most professional boarding kennels have systems in place to prevent this from happening, but if the dogs are allowed out at the same time, there is a reasonable chance of a mix-up occurring. If it does, your boarding facility can use a microchip reader to figure out that your pet belongs to you.
Some boarding facilities insist on having certain criteria fulfilled before they will agree to house your pet. We recommend that you check the admissions requirements thoroughly, and well ahead of needing to board your pet so that you can be sure to have everything in place.
If you would like to know more about the importance of microchipping your dog prior to boarding, we would be happy to assist. Please don’t hesitate to contact and get in touch with our clinic Nashville, Tennessee.