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Should I Microchip My Pup?

Should I Microchip My Pup?

Unfortunately, each year in the United States, approximately 3.9 million pups are placed in animal shelters, with only about 15 to 20 percent reunited with their families. One of the best ways to increase your chances of reuniting with your furry friend is getting them microchipped. Microchipping has become one of the fastest-growing, non-medical procedures performed in veterinarian offices across the country. Happy Pup Manor knows you have questions about microchipping, from exactly what it is to if it’s safe and comfortable for your pup. To answer your questions and address your concerns, we’ve put together some important information regarding getting your puppy microchipped.

What Is Microchipping?

Microchipping is becoming a standard procedure in many veterinary offices. In fact, in some countries, microchipping your puppy is the law. When you get your pup microchipped, your veterinarian will insert a numbered chip containing information registered to your pup. This chip is inserted under the skin between your pup’s shoulder blades and scanned with a special scanner. Most shelters and vet offices across the country are now in possession of one of these scanners, making it easier to find where your puppy has ended up. The procedure is entirely safe and performed at your pup’s regular check-up. It is comparable to drawing your pup’s blood or receiving a vaccination and takes about the same amount of time to perform.

While it costs between $45-$50 to get your pup microchipped and registered into a national registry, this small fee is nothing compared to the heartache and fear you would feel if your pup gets lost.

Why Should I Microchip My Puppy?

Even if you keep a collar and identification tag on your puppy, these items can easily break or fall off, rendering them useless if your pup gets out of your yard or is stollen. When you get your puppy microchipped, it is a permanent and inseparable option for keeping your pup safe if lost. Additional benefits of microchipping include:

  • Proven ownership: If your puppy is stolen from your yard, having your puppy microchipped will be definitive proof that your puppy belongs to you.
  • Increased chances of return: As we mentioned, only 15 to 20 percent of all pups turned into a shelter are likely to be reunited with their families. When you get your puppy microchipped, you significantly increase your chances of your puppy returning to you.
  • Your ease of mind: When you microchip your puppy, the constant worry you feel when your puppy is out in the yard or even on a walk is eliminated. You can rest easy knowing that you have extra security for your puppy with a microchip.

Additionally, having your puppy trained in basic obedience commands and manners can help prevent your puppy from getting out of the yard or pulling and running away during a walk. To add a layer of security for your puppy, let the trainers at Happy Pup Manner train them in commands such as sit and stay and teaching them proper leash walking. Our trainers specialize in training doodles and a select number of smaller breeds. Speak with Gabby today about our training programs and learn more about how we can help you meet your training goals.

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