Dog Microchipping Explained

1. What is microchipping?

A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner.

 

2. Where is the microchip inserted?

Microchips are usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades on the dorsal mid-line. The chip can often be felt under the skin. Thin layers of connective tissue form around the implant and hold it in place.

3. How will it help me get my Labradoodle back if he/she is lost?
When someone finds your Labradoodle and takes him to a shelter or veterinarian’s office, they will scan him for a chip.

Once they get the chip’s number, along with the company that made the chip, they’ll contact that company to find the owner.  It is very important that people remember to register the chip. If your registration isn’t submitted and then kept current, it’s useless. If you move or you change your phone numbers, make sure to update that information.

 

4. If my puppy is microchipped, does he/she need a tag, too?

A microchip is only one part of your pet’s identification system. You should also make sure that your puppy has a collar with tags on it.  The person who finds your dog may not even know anything about microchips. The most important piece of information that you need to have on your dog’s tag is your phone number. They don’t have to have your pet’s name or even your address. They just need to know how to contact you if they’ve found your special Australian Labradoodle family member.