ACURA COCKAPOO PUPPIES LLC MICROCHIPS ALL COCKAPOO PUPPIES BEFORE LEAVING FOR THEIR NEW HOMES. WE WORK WITH AKC REUNITE. ALL MICROCHIP REGISTRATIONS ARE PREPAID BY US SO THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL FEE TO YOU TO REGISTER YOUR COCKAPOO WITH THE REGISTRY.
Losing your pet can be a traumatic and even tragic event. Conscientious pet guardians protect their pets with collars and ID tags. Unfortunately, collars and ID tags are not foolproof and dogs and cats can still get lost. Collars can break or fall-off, leaving your beloved pet among the countless, unidentified lost strays at animal shelters. As a veterinarian who has worked at an animal shelter for over ten years and has witnessed this sad scenario replay day after day, I have come to realize that the true tragedy is the fact it can easily be prevented with the use of microchips.
What Is A Microchip
Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off. They work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner. With the chip identification number in hand, the vital contact information is only a phone call away.
How Microchipping Works
A pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a special type of glass. The material is compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the animal's shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot (except with a larger needle). In most cases, your dog will experience little to no pain from the implantation of the chip; many pets barely notice it.
Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip and then displays a unique alphanumeric code.
After the microchip is placed, the pet must be registered with a microchipping company, often for a one-time fee. This way, your dog can be traced back to you if found. Microchips do not have GPS or other locating capabilities. A lost pet must be scanned by a chip reader to begin the process of finding the owner.
- Long-lasting: Microchips are designed to last for the life of your pet. They do not need to be charged or replaced. There are no batteries.
- Some chips migrate: Some microchips have been known to migrate from the area between the shoulder blades. The instructions for scanning emphasize the need to scan the dog’s entire body, including the limbs.
- It requires a universal scanner: A microchipped pet can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a universal scanner. However, some shelters and veterinary offices do not have these or any scanners, especially in rural areas.
Preventing Loss of Your Pet
No method of identification is perfect. Responsible pet ownership includes keeping current on your identification tags, keep your dog leashed, and refrain from letting your pet freely roam. As a backup plan, consider microchipping as reinforcement. If your pet does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved companion.
Always keep your contact information updated with the microchip registration company. That way, you can be quickly contacted in the event your dog goes missing and the chip is scanned. If you move, get a new phone number, or change your email address, be sure to immediately change your microchip contact information.