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Why it’s important to get your dog microchipped

A golden retriever puppy puts his head down for a rest.

Many people aren’t aware about why they should get the dog micro-chipped, or what it entails. But it is very important that you do micro-chip your dog.

Don’t take it from us, take it from the experts.

What is a microchip?

According to Dogstrust, “A microchip is a small electronic device, which is the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner. A microchip works through radio wave frequency.”

The chip is inserted under your dogs skin using a sterile needle, in between the dogs shoulder blades.

How does the microchip work?

The computer memory in the microchip contains a unique 15 digit number, this means that no two dogs will receive the same number.

“A radio signal transmitted from a scanner is used to read this number through the skin of your pet,” says Dogstrust.

“In addition to the number, the microchip generates a reliability check to guarantee that your pet’s identifying number is read accurately. This all takes place in less than a second.”

“After the scan the vet consults a database to find a matching number and thereby obtain the owner’s contact details,” they explain.

This ensures that if your dog is lost, their microchip can be scanned, and they can be returned to you easily and quickly.

How much does it cost?

Many people have the misconception that microchipping can be expensive, however it typically cost anything between €20 to €50. Not bad considering how important it is.

Why is it important?

Because micro-chipping your pet means that if it is lost, you will be reunited easily and quickly. That’s something that’s definitely worth it!

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