Jul 15, 2010

Micro-chipping My Dog -- Cost and BENEFITS

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SHOULD I MICROCHIP MY NEW PUPPY OR DOG?
Before micro chipping, many people tattooed their dogs on their bellies and their thighs; this was commonly done with show dogs. When micro chipping became available and affordable to the general population, people started to realize what a great idea this is. The microchip is a size of a small grain of rice and the vet uses a special gun to place under the dog’s skin. The microchip is scanned before and after it is in place. Some dogs will yelp or cry during this process, some may not notice the process happening. Be sure to use a lot of rewards and praise while the process is taking place.
This is really the best way should your dog be lost and put into pound or in a vet’s office, you can find him easily. No two microchips are the same, each chip has your dogs and your personal information stored in a data base. This is something almost all vets can do; the cost is between $40-60 for each dog. If you do not want to microchip your dog, be sure your dog has up to date tags at all times and it is also a good idea to register with the new online sites with your dog’s and personal information, should they go on a little adventure too far from home. It is also important to note that doggy gps collars are starting to be widely used. This is also something worthwhile looking into because if your dog slips out through a hole in fence, hopefully your GPS tracking collar is on and you should be able to find Fido trotting down the road within minutes.
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