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Tomorrow is the start of a whole month devoted to chips…not the potato type, but microchips for dogs….

Dogs can be separated from their loved ones during natural or other disasters, by slipping out the door (or out of a collar), or through theft.  Collars can slide off, tags get scratched and can no longer be read, and suddenly the most responsible pet parents can’t find their dog. Micro-chips solve this dilemma.

The “chip” is a rice sized piece that is injected between the shoulder blads, just under the skin. After it is implanted you can’t even find it (I’ve tried, and if I can’t find it on my tiny Chihuahua, you won’t find it on your Great Dane!  The chip can be injected at anytime, and very often your vet can do it while your dog is being neutered, so they won’t even have to deal with the injection.

In the past there were concerns with these chips, as they could migrate, but the newer ones are made to be “anti-migratory”, so they stay in place. They are also made to last for 25 years, so you only need to do this once. And, they are made of an inert bio-compatible material…what does that mean? No issues with allergies to the chip.

Another concern in the past was that the chips could only be read by a specific companies scanner, but today the scanners are universal, and virtually all vets and shelters have them. We had a dog appear in our yard one time, and we reported it to the shelter. The dog was returned to the owner, who didn’t even know their dog had left their property…..

As effective as they are, there still are some things that owners must do. Because they scanner numbers are registered with a specific registry, you must keep that company updated if you move or your contact information changes.   And, since most cities and towns require licensing and use of a collar, you must continue to use a collar and traditional tags to be compliant with local regulations.

Microchipping is the best way to ensure your pet returns home if you are ever separated. Sometimes you hear of dogs being returned years later, because the dog was picked up by animal control officers, or was brought to a vet where they were scanned. Where else can you get that kind of insurance?

Going on a trip, or is your dog being treated for an illness? Leather Brothers ID Capsules secure to your dogs collar, and information can be written down and slid inside the vial…a great way to keep contact or medical information up to date….