10 Facts About Microchipping Your Dog

Technology has afforded modern day society many life-changing improvements. Once such improvement is the microchip and having the option of getting your dog microchipped. Since microchipping became available to pet owners thousands of dogs have been safely reunited with their families, which is something that sadly would not have happened prior to advent of this great device.


  1. A microchip should last the lifetime of your dog.
  2. It is not a tracking device (GPS) – so it cannot tell you the location of your dog should he become lost.
  3. The process of having a microchip inserted is no more noticeable than a routine vaccination. The microchip comes preloaded in an injectable device that gets inserted between your pup’s shoulder blades.
  4. Anesthesia is not required during insertion because the device the chip comes preloaded in is sterile.
  5. Your dog’s microchip can be inserted at his veterinarian’ s office.
  6. Next time you go to your veterinarian, purchase a microchip, if your pooch doesn’t have one already.
  7. A microchip is an RFID, which means that it does not require a battery but a scanner, which when passed over the chip is able to give your pets unique identification number.
  8. Your dog should still wear a collar with identification and other required tags. Remember the microchip requires a scanner and chances are if a good Samaritan finds your pup they aren’t going to have a microchip scanner.
  9. Keep the information on your dog’s microchip up-to-date.
  10. The cost of having a microchip inserted is approximately $45 and includes registration in a database.
  11. Dogs with a microchip have a 51% chance of being reunited with their owner.
  12. An RFID chip is slightly longer than a grain of rice.
  13. Veterinarians, animal control officers, and animal shelters rely on microchipping to get animals home quickly.
  14. Breeders and pet stores often microchip dogs.
  15. The time it takes to implant a microchip in your pooch is the same amount of time it takes to give an injection or vaccination.
  16. Microchipping your pet is considered extremely safe with a low risk of complications.
  17. Not all scanners work with all microchips. Universal scanners are often required, which some shelters do not have. In most instances animal shelters will have different scanners to detect different chips.
  18. Microchips have been known to move or “migrate” away from the original injection site, which makes thorough scanning of the area important.