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Should You Microchip Your Golden Retriever?

Should You Microchip Your Golden Retriever?

The scariest thing for a dog owner is possibly losing your furry best friends. Even with our very best efforts, they still can get lost – and micro chipping is one of the most efficient way to get them home safe – and soon!

A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog. The chip is about the size of a large grain of rice, and uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Collars and tags are, of course, still as important as always but if your dog becomes lost, there is a chance that he also loses his collar and tags. This is when microchips become crucial.

If your golden ever becomes lost, an animal shelter can read the microchip to be sure the dog gets back to his rightful owner. So when a pet has a microchip, it can often prevent euthanasia. Some microchips can even operate the opening and closing of pet doors.

Lots of veterinarians recommend microchips. Once it’s inserted, it can be read with a hand-held scanner, which will show an alphanumeric number. This number can then be used to find the owners of the dog should it become lost, IF the microchip has been properly registered by the owner. Microchip manufacturers even maintain a lost dog database, which increases the likelihood that your pet can be returned to you safe and sound.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has supported the use of microchips since 2007 because of the positive benefits. The American MicroChip Advisory Council for Animals (AMACA) declared: “It is undisputed that microchips save pets’ lives. I expect that countless pets that are lost or displaced by hurricanes and other natural disasters will be saved over the years because the USDA supports and encourages the use of microchips.”