One of the most horrifying experiences a dog owner may face is discovering that their dog is lost. When your pet is missing, you're compelled to make every effort to be reunited with your best friend. You can greatly improve your chances of a reunion with a proactive approach called microchipping. A simple procedure that's easy on your wallet can offer hope if the unthinkable occurs.
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A Chip of Hope
Microchipping involves placing a tiny chip under your dog's skin, typically on her back between her shoulder blades, by way of injection. The chip bears a unique identification number, that when registered, can help you reclaim your dog if she becomes lost. Most veterinarians and many rescues, shelters and animal control departments utilize scanners on strays in hopes that they've been microchipped and their owners can be located.
Occasionally complications can occur after the chip is injected, so it's safest to place this task in the hands of your veterinarian who is trained to ensure the procedure is done properly. You can expect to pay around $50 for the veterinarian performed procedure. To improve your chances of a reunion, Louise Murray, DVM, director of medicine for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, recommends you speak with your veterinarian about choosing the chip that is most common to your area, as not all scanners and chips are universal. To further improve your chances of finding your lost pet by way of a microchip, always make sure your information is current with your registry.