Whether your pup is 10 months or 10 years old, it is never too late to prepare for the risk that he gets lost. One very common and effective tool is the pet microchip. We've done our homework and answered the most commonly asked questions about pet microchips.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small device that uses passive radio frequency identification technology. Passive means the device lacks a source of power and remains inactive unless powered by a scanner. The chip stores unique data and electronic circuits to encode the data.
How do pet microchips work?
Pet microchips, about the size of a large grain of rice, are implanted under the skin of your pet (usually at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades). Each microchip stores your contact information and has a unique serial number. The serial number is registered with an animal microchip database. If your pet wanders off and ends up in a shelter, the shelter will scan your pet’s microchip to pull up his contact information.
Is a microchip a type of GPS?
No. Microchips are tiny database of information. They are not geo-locators. In other words, if your pet wanders off, you cannot track his location. Rather, you must wait until someone finds your pet, scans his microchip, and contacts you.
Are there any health risks with microchips?
Pet microchips are generally considered a very safe and effective technology.
There have been less than a handful of reported instances where pets developed soft tissue tumors (sarcoma and fibrosarcoma) at the sight of the implant. Considering millions of pets are microchipped worldwide, this risk is not even one in a million.
Where do I get my pet microchipped?
Both veterinarians and animals shelters usually perform microchip services, for a fee. Occasionally animals shelters will offer services at a discount to encourage people to microchip their pets.
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Kennel cough is a common and highly contagious dog disease. It causes an ongoing, forceful cough in infected dogs and swelling in the lungs, windpipe, and voice box. If your dog has an unrelenting cough that sounds like a honking goose, he may have kennel cough.
While kennel cough sounds horrible, fortunately the majority of dogs recover without treatment. So what exactly is kennel cough in dogs? What dogs are most at risk for kennel cough, and what are its symptoms? Can humans contract kennel cough from their pets? Is there a vaccine for kennel cough?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we explain the causes and symptoms of kennel cough in dogs. We also review available treatment options, discuss the Bordetella vaccine, and provide tips for prevention.
In an increasingly pet friendly world, dog carrier bags allow us to take our four-legged family everywhere. Whether you are about to board an international flight, ride on public transportation, go hiking, or spend the afternoon running errands with your four-legged friend, getting your dog used to a pet carrier is essential.
Is your dog new to pet carriers? Nervous, excited, or jumpy in any type of dog bag or pet purse? It is very common for dogs to be scared of new carriers or even try to jump out, especially if they're not used to being carried. How do you teach your dog to love riding in a bag?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide several steps to help your dog get used to a new pet carrier.