Did you know that 1 in 3 pets get lost at least once during their lifetime? In fact, over 10 million dogs and cats are believed to get lost or stolen in the US every single year. Of those without some form of ID only 10% can expect to get back home again.
An important step when you welcome a new Cockapoo into your home is to get him microchipped. This is a way of making sure that he can be easily and quickly identified if he ever strays far from home
What Is It?
A microchip is a really small chip about the size of a grain of rice that has a unique number programmed into it. When a special scanner is ran over it the number can be easily read.
The procedure that is carried out to inset a microchip into a dog is very simple. It certainly shouldn’t hurt or distress him if it is carried out by a professional.
The skin between the dog’s shoulder blades is pinched and then the microchip is inserted in this area using a needle. A very nervous Cockapoo might get stressed out by this process but the majority of them will be fine and won’t even notice anything out of the ordinary.
Of course, you can help by staying calm and reassuring him as he gets his microchip inserted.
Microchips and the Law
The law surrounding microchipping dogs really depend upon where you live. In the US, there are currently no laws forcing owners to do this, although many people go ahead and do it anyway as it is a good idea.
In the UK, on the other hand, this has been a legal responsibility for dog owners since April of 2016. British Cockapoo owners face a fine of £500 if they fail to get a dog over the age of 8 weeks microchipped.
Why Get a Cockapoo Microchipped?
Apart from the legal issues, it is a good idea to do this for other reasons too. This is a secure and permanent way of making sure that your beloved pooch can be easily identified if you are ever split up.
A microchip can’t get easily lost or damaged once it is inserted. Even if someone wanted to take it out for some reason they would find it very difficult to do so.
This means if your dog gets lost you stand a far better chance of being reunited with him. There is no guarantee of this working but having a dog microchipped greatly increases the chances of finding him. No matter how long he has been missing for, the microchip will be there to help out eventually.
Is It Expensive?
This is a fairly inexpensive procedure that doesn’t cost a fortune. There isn’t a fixed price to take into account but in the US you can expect the one-off fee to be around $40 to $50, at the time of writing.
In the UK, this can be done from as little as £15 to £20, going up to £30 or so in some places. Each vet will charge differently but there should never be any on-going cost to take into account.
Don’t Forget to Stay Up to Date
Since your personal details are stored on the microchip, it is important to keep it up to date in the future. This means that you need to update the system if you move home or change phone number.
This is easily done, although it isn’t usually the vet who inserted the chip that you need to contact. However, the details of the microchip company can be found in the paperwork or online.
You might be asked to pay a modest charge for updating your details on the database but it is definitely worth doing for a greater level of peace of mind.
Any Risks or Dangers?
It is highly unlikely that your Cockapoo suffers any health issues. This is something that millions of pets all over the world have had carried out with no adverse effects.
He might have a slight swelling or infection around the area where the microchip is located, but serious problems are extremely rare. The vet will check that the microchip works after it is inserted, so you can rest assured that it is working as it should do.
Is This for Using Instead of a Tag and Collar?
The truth is that getting your dog microchipped isn’t a reason for not using a tag and collar as well. This is because most people who find a lost dog on the street are more likely to identify him in this way.
Only professionals will have scanners to check out his chip, while could seriously delay his return to his home.
In the UK, Control of Dogs Order 1992 means that you can get a fine of up to a hefty £5,000 for letting a dog out without any identification. For those Cockapoos who live in the USA, the exact legal requirements for using a tag and collar vary from one state to one another.