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Why You Should Microchip Your Dog

There are very few things that are worse for any dog owner than losing your dog. A slipped collar. An open door at the wrong time. A careless dog walker.

No matter what the reason, the fact is that hundreds of dogs are handed in to animal shelters on a daily basis, and while a few of them are managed to be reunited with their owners, many are re-homed, and many are euthanized as well. Many of these dogs did have collars with identity tags, but for some, their collars had slipped off, or the writing on their identity tags had become illegible, making it virtually impossible to locate their owners.

A Chip Could Solve the Problem

This problem is a thing of the past if you have your dog micro-chipped at your vet. The procedure, which costs around $45, is quick, and lasts for about 25 years, which is much longer than the lifespan of most dogs. It involves a tiny glass capsule, roughly the size of a grain of rice being injected into the dog. In this capsule is a tiny transmitter, together with a minuscule electronic device, which contains the ID number of the dog.

Although the micro-chip is not a tracking device, so it will not help the owner to find the dog, if the dog is handed into an animal shelter, they will scan the dog, and locate its owner from information that they find on a database.

Proven to Improve Your Chances

Studies conducted on more than 7,700 stray pets, showed that the chances of finding the owners of dogs with micro-chips, was more than 51%, an increase of an amazing 30%, than dogs that were not micro-chipped.

No matter how careful you are with your dog, you must remember that some dogs are true escape artists, and will find a way to get out of your property. Make sure that you get your beloved pet back where he belongs, by having him micro-chipped as soon as possible.

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