If you are a dog owner, you know how important it is to keep an eye on your dog. If your dog runs loose, it can sometimes be difficult to get your dog to come back, especially if they're chasing something they really wants to catch. If your dog isn't wearing a collar or doesn't have a nametag on it and your dog is lost, you run the risk of your dog being lost for a long time. This is something no dog owner wants to have happen. You should consider having your dog micro-chipped, in addition to wearing a collar and nametag. Read on for a few reasons why you should have this done.
To Find Your Dog
If your dog is lost and taken to a shelter, in most cases, the shelter will check for a micro-chip before trying to get your dog adopted. The microchip will tell them who the dog belongs to and how to get in touch with that person. If the dog is not micro-chipped and not wearing a collar or nametag, your dog could end up lost and then adopted out to another family. To help you find your dog and to help your dog get back to you, you should have them micro-chipped.
To Be Sure Your Dog Gets Medical Attention
If your dog is lost, has a medical condition that requires attention, and is not wearing a collar or nametag with this information on it, someone that finds your dog will have no way of knowing that your dog has these medical concerns. A microchip, however, can include this information, so when found, the shelter or veterinary clinic that has your dog can see this information and be able to properly treat your dog as needed to prevent a dangerous situation.
To Prevent Stolen Pets
Anyone can take a dog and have the nametag and collar removed and a new one added on, but it's a lot more difficult to take a pet and remove the microchip. The microchip is a permanent fixture in your pet and can help to prove ownership of a dog. If your dog is ever stolen or taken from you, you can prove ownership of the pet by having the microchip tested. Be sure this microchip is up to date with your information to ensure it is accurate.
If you are a dog owner, you should consider having your dog micro-chipped. It can help ensure your dog's safe return to you if they are ever lost or runs away. Talk to your veterinarian about having your dog micro-chipped.