With technology today, keeping track of pets even without the use of collars is possible, through the use of microchip registration. In microchip registration, microchips are implanted safely in the body of your dog. One of the primary advantages of using microchips is the amount of information that it can store. A collar can only store so much information, and can easily be removed by your dog or by strangers. A microchip, however, can store much more information in the form of bytes. Even better, even if your pet dog gets lost, the microchip cannot easily be removed since it is implanted in the body of the dog.
Appointment. To get a microchip implanted into your dog, you will need to set an appointment with your vet. Remember that the microchip itself should be implanted before you register it. Contact your vet to learn more about the type of microchip that he has access to and which he uses for microchip tagging. Usually, the microchip itself will cost around fifty dollars. Depending on your vet, you may need to pay a bit more for the insertion of the microchip itself. Also remember that some microchips are more expensive than others.
Answer the registration form. The vet will provide you with a registration form. In the registration form, you need to answer basic information such as your name, address, telephone number and other contact information. You will then be asked to add information pertaining to your pet such as your pet’s name, the breed of your pet, the sex, medical information, vet information, and the microchip number. This will identify your pet from the hundreds upon hundreds of other pets that have microchips inserted into them. The information you give will then be correlated with the microchip number so that once the microchip is detected, the appropriate pet details, owner details, and medical health details will be brought up.
Fees. For registering, you will usually need to pay at least $ 20. If you have several pets, however, you are likely to get discounts for registering your pets and inserting microchips in them. Some vets will also allow you to insert microchips in the bodies of pet cats, since cats are also often large enough to accommodate the tiny microchip.
Uses of the microchip registration. Once the microchip is installed, you can rest assured that your pet is safe and can be identified even if he loses his dog collar. Most vets and animal shelters are now equipped with microchip sensors. These microchip sensors will determine whether a chip has been inserted in a pet. If a chip has been inserted, the sensor will be able to read the information in the chip as well as the chip registration number. Thus, the pet shelter will be able to contact you and prevent other people from claiming your pet.
With these steps, you should be able to register your pet dog’s microchip. Once registered, you have an extra layer of security against pet theft and pet loss.