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    Why you should get your dog micro-chipped

    Articlepet health guidesWednesday 03 April 2013
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    With proposals by the UK government arguing that all dogs should be micro-chipped mandoaralily you may be wondering what the fuss is about. The new law is set to come in by 2016 but we aim to give you some reasons why you should get your dog micro-chipped straight away if you have not already done so.

    A microchip is about the same size as a grain of rice and inside is a tiny computer chip which is sealed by glass. The chip is inserted into the dog, often between its shoulder blades by a syringe. It lasts to up to 25 years before it typically malfunctions. The chip contains your dog details and your own details

    If you are going to get one then get it done professionally. Only qualified vets should make the insertion. There is said to be no pain whatsoever with some dogs not even noticing it. Once ready either your vet or you should register the number with the microchip company as a chip without a registration number is virtually useless. It costs around £25 - £50 depending on the vet you are using. Most vets and rescue centres are equipped with a scanner and access to a database to find an address. Remember that if you move house to change the address on the chip.

    The primary and most important reason is if your dog becomes lost. Remember no matter how low the statistics are it can happen and when it is your dog that gets lost then it is certainly not a statistic to you. A microchip can easily and quickly identify it to be your dog and re-unite you both quickly. You may think that a collar and tag is enough but sadly time and time again it is proved not to be. These can come off accidently by the dog or you may take them off for whatever reason and forget to put them back on. If your dog gets stolen, which can happen to popular breeds, then a thief will simply take the collar and tags off themselves. Therefore it is vital that they have something permanently there so they can be tracked wherever they may end up. There have been numerous stories of dogs being lost and people spending thousands trying to locate them using posters, rewards and phone calls across the city only for the dog to be found via the use of a microchip a few weeks later.

    Without having your dog chipped not only will you lose it but it could risk being put down. Thousands upon thousands of dogs are found in the UK most of which are strays however some of which are real dogs who have owners but without collars. Many are kept in rescue centres and often re-homed however some dogs who are part of breeds which aren’t popular are sadly put down. A microchip can seriously help eliminate this problem.

    Another reason is that if your dog gets lost and gets tracked down to a certain centre or vetenary clinic then all should work well and you can pick them up however another family may have lost a near identical version of your dog. Same colour, same breed and same size. They may claim that your dog is theirs or vice versa. It sounds totally unbelievable but do not dismiss it. It has happened before and could happen again. With a chip it eliminates this rare occurence.

    Even microchips however have their faults. In extremely rare cases they can cause problems with the dogs health, they can also slip from the place they are meant to be and some brands of scanner do not work with specific chips. Microchipping should be used in unison with responsible pet care and also tags and collars. This will ensure that a lost dog has the maximum chance of being returned to you.

    You may also not agree that the government is soon going to force your dog to be chipped however every  vehicle has to have a registration number and dogs for most are a lot more valued than a car and can be a lot more dangerous than a car too if lost and scared. 

     

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