Microchipping Dogs

microchipping-dogs

Despite our best intentions and efforts, sometimes our furry companions ‘get out’. They run out through open doors or dig under your fence. This is a good reason to have a microchip implanted in your mini Dachshund.

Microchipping, in combination with ID tags are the best combination for having your little Dachshund returned to you safely.

ID tags alone are not necessarily a guaranteed way of getting your beloved Dachshund returned to you. The tags can be dislodged or your dogs’ collar may even come off. Sometimes the dog may not even be wearing his collar with the tags.

Dog Microchip Set up

The microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are implanted in between your Dachshunds shoulder blades by a veterinarian, using a syringe. This implantation does not hurt anymore than any other injection and requires no anesthetic. The implantation is permanent.

The typical cost for dog microchipping is about $50. Many shelters offer this implantation service at a discounted rate.

A scanner uses a radio wave set at a certain frequency to turn the microchip on, by sending a signal to the chip. In response, the microchip number is sent to the scanner. This insures the chip is working properly.

Your contact information is then linked to that microchip number and sent to a registry(recovery service). All microchips have their own unique number.

You, as the owner, are provided with the contact information for the registry along with the chip ID number.

How does microchipping work?

The microchips are built to last twenty five years.

Veterinarians, shelters and animal control personnel use them to identify stray animals and locate their rightful owners.

If your dog is lost or stolen, the local authorities or shelter, will scan the dog to see if a chip exists. If a chip is detected, the authorities will then need to locate the registry that has the owner’s record. You will then be notified by the registry that your dog has been found and where you can go to recover your dog.

One thing to clarify is that microchipping does not work like a GPS tracker. They cannot actually ‘locate’ your dog, but only ‘identify’ your pet once they are found.

There’s more than one registry, as opposed to one big national database. For this reason, remember to update any change of contact information with your registry and contact your registry and local authorities if your dog disappears.

All in all, microchipping gives your Dachshund a much better chance of a reunion with you. We had a chip implanted in Sampson. I can tell you, if we ever became separated, we would want every chance to get the little guy back with us, his Dachshund family!