Microchips Failing – Check Your Dog’s Chip Yearly

Microchips in dogs fail regularly and need to be replaced
Microchips in dogs fail regularly and need to be replaced

– At the DailyDog we have been reminded of the fact that Microchips fail, and do so on a regular basis. In fact just this week there has been a Post on the subject on the Facebook Page of Western Australians against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). A number of readers have commented on this Post; relating their own experiences.

Below are some of those comments and notes we have added to provide an additional two cent’s worth from the team at pups4sale 🙂

“Mine came out of the dog, when I went and got her checked they said she wasnt chipped, I said oh yes she is I have papers, but no, it had gone”

Note: Microchips can move around the body under the skin, so the chip could have been anywhere and simply missed by the person doing the scan.

“Also my vet asked us to bring our kitten in as there was a batch of microchips that were not working. Pearl’s was fine. Another common issue is that people forget to change the details on the chip when they move. Microchipping is so worth it.”

“I have a 19 year old cat and her microchip does not register with the council, even though I have the certificate. Her chip is 17 years old and was part of the old system.”

Note: Microchips do fail. They fail less these days then in the past, but they do still fail, reminding us of the importance of having chips checked annually.

The fact is all Microchips have a shelf life, which can be affected positively or negatively by the lifestyle of the dog involved. For example a working Border Collie in amongst sheep and cattle all the time is more likely to have his microchip move or be damaged than a sedentary lap dog belonging to an elderly person in suburbia.

Additionally there is the issue of people moving house – which seems to be increasingly common. When you move and/or change phone numbers, it is important to update the Registry your dog’s microchip is registered with. It is something so easily overlooked, but a detail that can literally “come home to bite” if your dog is subsequently lost or stolen. If the Registry cannot locate you, your dog will likely end up at a local shelter, which in the best case scenario results in him/her being re-homed with another family, or worst case being euthanased.

So remember – the next time your dog is at your Vet’s for a vaccination, procedure or check-up, have the surgery staff check your dog’s chip with their Reader. It will only take a few minutes and could save you a whole lot of heartache should the unthinkable happen.

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