Even though your Pug is probably an inside dog, as most are, there are still plenty of good reasons why you should get him a microchip so he can "phone home" if anything should ever go wrong.
No doubt you already have a collar and license tag for your Pug, but that's no guarantee that he or she will be returned home safely if the worst happens. Collars come off and tags do too. A microchip is forever.
A microchip is a tiny electronic device no bigger than a grain of rice. The vet injects the microchip into a flap of skin near the back of your dog's neck. Since Pugs have no shortage of skin flaps, the process is easier for this breed than nearly any other. And yes, it's entirely pain-free.
Before it's injected, the microchip is encoded with a digital number that's unique to your Pug. The number is entered into an international database where it is linked to your contact information. Should you ever move or change phone numbers, your Vet, or the staff at most any animal shelter, can easily update your contact record.
If your Pug wanders off, or you get separated from him or her during some emergency like what happened during Hurricane Katrina, any Vet or animal shelter with a scanner (and most have them) can easily detect the microchip, read the serial number, and start the process of getting your best friend home to you where he or she belongs.
It only costs a few dollars to have the procedure done, and the peace of mind that microchipping your Pug brings is priceless.
While microchipping is optional in the United States, it's becoming a requirement in other countries. And, if you plan to travel to one of those countries with your Pug, you're going to have to get the procedure done.
Countries currently requiring that your pet be microchipped include:
- Czech Republic
- Irish Republic
- United Kingdom
Here are some facts that you should know if you are considering fitting your Pug with a microchip:
- The procedure is no worse for your Pug than getting a vaccination.
- You can easily update your contact information if you move or change telephone numbers.
- It is very rare for the microchip to migrate away from the area where it was inserted. Your Vet can check for correct placement during routine office visits.
- Any Vet and most shelters can fit your Pug with a microchip.
- Animal shelters, Vets and Animal adoption/rescue agencies routinely check for a microchip whenever a lost or stray animal comes into their possession.
Get your Pug microchipped today. You never know what tomorrow will bring.