At DDG we continue to care for pets, yours and ours. One of the ways we can all do this is to utilize a micro-chipping programme. While we all know how beneficial it is to microchip your dog, its also important to properly license them as well. We have another fantastic idea…
Use the licensing system together with micro-chipping. The cost to license and also microchip your dog may run $75 – $125. While the microchip implementation is a one time thing, if there were a discount given for the yearly license fee might be a suitable idea.
This small (size of a grain of rice) microchip doesn’t need a battery. When the wand sweeps over the dog, it activates the chip which then emits the identification number. Wouldn’t it be great if the county dog license office had this information readily available for it’s dog catchers and shelters?
Some of the reasons for a micro-chipping to be included in dog registration:
- Saves the county money when attempting to locate the owners of a dog. Instead of housing a dog for days, knowing who the owner is helps speed the process or returning a dog to its home
- If the dog is a runner, knowing who they are via microchip makes getting them home faster (See #1)
- Natural Disasters: With a natural disaster there are records which could be potentially destroyed. Having a dog chipped again, helps speed up the process of getting a dog home.
Reducing the costs of licensing to help with micro-chipping a dog (or cat), could be of use to some families in the Tri-City area. Having the chip information listed with license helps ensure all dogs find their way home.
Please contact your veterinarian about placing a microchip on your dog if you haven’t already. Also contact your county licensing office and see if they have a program in place for dog license rebates for dogs that are micro-chipped. More information about animal microchipping can be found by consulting with your vet