I don’t know about you, but just the word ‘disaster’ makes me want to grab my loved ones and run hide. Most people ‘think’ of disaster in terms of hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires, tsunamis, mud slides, and so forth. These are disasters-no question. But there are little disasters as well-but they are still disasters.
For example-you open the front door to get a package from the UPS/FEDEX delivery. From out of nowhere, your precious little puppy goes flying right past both of you-and is just GONE. You hunt for hours, put up signs around the block, go to the shelters, notify animal control-but nothing. Then a couple of weeks later, you spot a puppy about the right age being walked a few blocks over. Looks the same, but you can’t be sure. How would you know if that was your puppy or not? Puppies love everybody-so reactions aren’t a good clue. Both dogs are solid black. Same gender. This is a real head scratcher.
The answer is a tiny little thing about the size of a grain of rice. It’s called a microchip. Each one is encoded with a unique number-no two has the same number. Ordinally, the thing just sits inside the animal and does absolutely nothing. But when a scanner comes close enough, it responds with a signal giving up that number. The scanner’s screen lights up with the number. If the microchip was properly registerd, the number can be traced to the owner of the animal-YOU.
Now-a good fur parent will ask about problems with these things because of things you read on the internet.
- No-they do not cause cancer, knots, tumors, or other growths. The material the things are made from encourages the tissues of the body to grow into it-which holds the chip in place. That’s it. Once that happens-it sits.
- You can place them yourself if you are knowledgeable enough. Otherwise, it is best to have a professional to do the job. There have been instances where the chips have been injected into spots they should never have been.
- There are specific locations recommended for each species of animal. Getting creative is not recommended-people doing scanning might or might not scan in the area you put the chip. Stay with the recommendations.
- Stay AWAY from cheap chips. This is another one of those things that you get what you pay for. Cheap chips may have bad signals that fade away entirely, flucuate between lot numbers, give lot numbers that have yet to be made yet, or other problems. They might read fine at first, but a couple of years from now, die and you won’t know it. (Writer is raising hand and waving-This happened to me. I had to have all of my horses re-chipped.)