Why Microchipping Is So Important

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Microchipping is a topic that deserves attention throughout the entire year. But the reason we want to talk about this issue today is that the July 4th weekend was last weekend. While there are a lot of good things that can be said about this holiday, one fact that many people don't know is that more dogs get lost on July 4th than they do during any other time of the year.

Why do so many dogs get lost on July 4th? The simple answer is that lots of fireworks get set off in Ohio and the rest of the US at the start of July. Since the majority of dogs don't like fireworks and are quite scared of them, a significant number of dogs end up running off during all this commotion.

Although no pet owner wants to think about their dog suddenly disappearing, it's a reality people have to deal with on a daily basis, not only on this recent holiday weekend. Because this event can literally happen to any dog, anytime, the best thing an owner can do is take preventative action. Of all the potential ways to prepare for this worst-case scenario, microchipping is arguably the simplest but most effective.

Because West Chester and Cincinnati residents regularly ask Dog Day, Every Day! questions about microchipping, we thought it would be helpful to compile the most important things to know about this option below:

It's Not Expensive

If a pet owner is hesitant to get their dog microchipped, it may be because they assume this procedure is going to cost a lot of money. While that's a fair assumption, the good news is microchipping actually costs less than most people expect. For around or even under $50, a dog can get microchipped and registered in the central pet recovery database.

Microchipping Isn't Painful

Another reason a pet owner may be hesitant to go through with microchipping is because they don't want their dog to experience pain. But unlike other procedures, getting a microchip implant is in no way traumatic. Thanks to its tiny size, the sensation a dog will feel is almost exactly the same as getting a single vaccination shot.

It Works

The simple fact is that this preventative measure works. Specifically, dogs that are microchipped are more likely to be returned than those without a microchip. So if you want to maximize the likelihood of your dog safely returning even if it ever gets out, microchipping is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Collar IDs Aren't As Reliable

While most people agree that putting an ID tag on a dog's collar is better than doing nothing, there's no way to guarantee that the tag will remain on in all situations and settings. So if you want to have peace of mind knowing that your dog's identification will be available regardless of where they may end up wandering, microchipping is the way to go.