At Puppy Preparatory, we require all puppy parents to commit to microchipping their pups. While we understand that this may not happen before training (and many vets recommend waiting until the pup is spayed/neutered), we believe that microchipping is an important safety measure that every responsible pet owner should take. Microchips provide a permanent form of identification that can help reunite lost or stolen pets with their families. Unlike collars and tags, which can fall off or be removed, microchips are implanted under the skin and cannot be lost or damaged. In the event that your pup ever gets lost or wanders away from home, a microchip can be scanned by animal shelters, vets, and rescue organizations to quickly identify your pup and contact you. By committing to microchipping your pup, you are taking an important step to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Prepare and Protect
As a pet owner, you want to ensure that your puppy is safe and secure at all times. One important step in achieving this is by microchipping your dog. Microchipping is a simple procedure that involves implanting a tiny chip under your dog's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. This chip contains a unique identification number that can be read using a handheld scanner, allowing your pet to be identified and reunited with you if they become lost or separated.
One of the most significant advantages of microchipping your dog is that it can greatly increase the chances of a lost or stolen dog being returned to their owner. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs with microchips are much more likely to be returned to their owners than those without. In fact, a study by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that only 22% of lost dogs without microchips were reunited with their owners, while 52% of dogs with microchips were returned to their families.
Another important benefit of microchipping your dog is that it can help prevent pet theft. Sadly, pet theft is a real concern, and many dogs are stolen every year for various reasons, such as breeding or resale. Microchipping your dog can act as a deterrent to potential thieves, as it makes it more difficult to sell or rehome a stolen dog.
Furthermore, microchipping is a permanent form of identification that cannot be removed or altered. Unlike collars and tags, which can become lost or damaged, a microchip is always with your pet and can be easily scanned by animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and other facilities that might come into contact with a lost or stray dog.
In summary, microchipping your dog is a simple and effective way to help ensure their safety and security. It can greatly increase the chances of a lost or stolen dog being reunited with their owner, act as a deterrent to potential pet thieves, and provide a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or damaged. At the end of the day, microchipping your dog is a small investment that can make a huge difference in ensuring their health and happiness.