Every dog owner knows the absolute nightmare you do not want to imagine: My dog is gone! In order to escape this scenario, a microchip is the best solution for your beloved four-legged friend.
A microchip is a chargeable label which consists of a 15-digit number combination. This number is awarded worldwide only once and corresponds to the ISO standard. Through this microchip, the animal can be clearly identified and assigned to the owner.
The chip is an approximately 12 x 2 mm large transponder, about the size of a grain of rice, which consists of a bedded in plastic or glass electrical system. The insertion of the chip can be done already in the first weeks of life of the puppy and is carried out by a veterinarian. The chip is injected with a syringe into the left side of the neck (internationally standardized position), which is largely painless for the animal. Subsequently, the number can be read out by a reader which activates the chip.
Of course, the transponder is tissue-compatible and – contrary to many claims – does not emit any electrical radiation to the animal. As the animal travels with the reader, it receives radio waves in the low frequency range from the chip. However, this activation only exists as long as the reader evaluates the microchip and the rest of the time is inactive. Also, a “wander” of the chip under the skin is highly unlikely.
What distinguishes the microchip is its counterfeit security. He excludes a duplication of the marking, that is the 15-digit number.
However, to ensure the assignment of the dog to a particular holder when reading the chip, the chip must be registered in a database!
There are many different databases such as IFTA, Tasso or animaldata. When selecting the database, make sure you have good telephone accessibility (24-hour emergency hotline or online query) and that you are connected to an international search engine. These allow, such as Pettmaxx or europetnet, a weltweil return of the animal.
Worth knowing for travel lovers: The microchip is necessary for any travel!
In addition to the microchip, there is another way to mark your pet, using a tattoo. This is attached to the ear or thigh. As this procedure is very painful, it can only be done under anesthesia.
With tattoos, there is also the risk of duplication of the payment codes, making a clear assignment of the four-legged friend to his owner is much more difficult. Also fading of the labeling occurs frequently.
For this reason, and because of the risk during anesthesia, vets use mainly microchips.