Playful nature and friendly disposition make the Golden Retriever the first choice for pet lovers. Having a Golden as your family member is certainly an exclusive privilege. But what if your much-beloved pet goes missing, wanders off, or is separated from his human family accidentally? He may end up in animal shelters or with local authorities. In such circumstances, microchipping Golden Retrievers helps owners find their pet easily.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small silicon semiconductor about the size of a grain. We often interchangeably use the word transponder to denote such a device. The chip contains all the registered ownership information about your Golden Retriever.
The identification information displays when the area where the chip is implanted is scanned.
Microchipping Golden Retrievers is safe and without any pain. The chip does not need batteries or any external power. Once inserted, the microchip lasts for the entire lifetime of your dog.
How does a microchip work?
Microchipping Golden Retrievers allows them to have a permanent form of identification. A microchip assigns the dog a unique ID number, which is registered on a database registry along with the owner’s name, address, and contact details. When your lost pet is found by local authorities or picked up by animal shelters, they scan the dog for the microchip. Using the number displayed by the chip, they can collect your contact details from the database and inform you about the lost pet.
How is microchipping done?
Microchipping Golden Retrievers takes a few seconds and is a very simple procedure. There is no surgery of any type or any distress to your pet. A qualified vet uses a needle to insert the chip into the skin between the shoulder blades. Your dog will not have any pain and the discomfort level is not more than that of an injection.
Does a microchip contain GPS?
No, there is no GPS in microchips.
What are the benefits of microchipping Golden Retrievers?
As it is impossible to change or erase the electronic information on a chip, microchipping Golden Retrievers is a secure form of identification for your pet. It is also inexpensive, and there is no need to change the chip after every few years.
With the chip implanted inside your dog, it cannot be removed or changed. There is no chance of it getting lost or damaged when your dog swims in a pool or digs a lawn.
A survey by the American MicroChip Advisory Council for Animals highlights that a microchip helps find 3 out of every 4 missing dogs. When you have a purebred Golden Retriever, it is an important security device against pet theft.
How much is the cost of microchipping Golden Retrievers?
The cost varies depending on your locality and brand of the chip. The average cost is about $30 to $50, and microchipping Golden Retrievers is an inexpensive identification option. When it is performed by a qualified vet, you do not need to bring your dog for regular checkups or follow up appointments, thus saving you time and money.
You may have to pay a one-time registration fee or annual fees. You may also need to pay a token fee every time the information is modified.
Is there any age limit for microchipping Golden Retrievers?
The usual practice is that dogs older than 7-8 weeks have microchip implants. However, it is up to your vet to make the final decision on the right age for your Golden to have a chip.
Where should I get my Golden Retriever microchipped?
You should contact your local vet and inquire if he is qualified to perform it. Most animal shelters also do it. However, just microchipping your dog is of no value unless you register with the microchip database.
Do I need to submit any document for the registration?
Yes, microchipping Golden Retrievers must be followed by their registration into the database of the microchip company. You need to submit documents to prove your ownership and address details.
Do I need to reregister with the change of address?
No, you just need to contact the database helpline and update any change in your address and contact details.
What should I do when adopting a Golden with a microchip?
Microchipping Golden Retrievers is a one-time affair. The microchip contains a unique identification number and the database linked to the chip has all ownership details listed against that ID. So, all you need to do when adopting a pet is to apply for changes in the database.
Take your Golden Retriever to a vet or animal shelter and scan the chip he has. Get the chip details and contact the database administrator with the ownership proof.
What is the procedure of updating microchip details?
You cannot change the microchip ID. However, you can update the details mentioned in the database. You may need to submit documents to support your application for any changes in the database.
Depending on the facilities offered by the service provider, you may do it over phone or online. You will need to pay a small fee for updating the database information.
Note: The fee for microchipping Golden Retrievers is paid once. There is no need to make any repeat payments when you update the information, including your dog’s details. All you need to pay is an admin fee.
Do I need to check the chip regularly?
There is no need to buy a scanner and check the chip after every few months. Microchipping Golden Retrievers is a one-time affair and it continues for life. There is no need to validate it regularly.
However, if there is any complication at the site of chip implant, you may contact your vet.
Is there any side effect of Microchipping Golden Retrievers?
Most dogs do not have any side effect once microchips are implanted. However, a dog with health issues, including an ongoing infection or an allergy, may have issues with it. You should tell your vet about your dog’s physical condition prior to the implant.
Microchipping Golden Retrievers is a safe procedure. However, there are rare instances of chip migration from the place of implant and reports of tumors following the procedure. You may ask your vet for risk evaluation and consult him immediately if there is any side effect.
Is microchip a replacement for tag and collar?
Microchipping Golden Retrievers is not a replacement for tag and collar, but a supplement to these to ensure 100% safety of your pet. We should also use tag and collar to identify a dog, as it is easier for an ordinary person without a scanner to contact you. This will help in a faster reunion with your dog. Else, you may have to wait for a few days until the dog goes to an animal shelter that has a scanner. They will identify the owner from the address given on the chip and contact you thereafter.
What is the lifespan of a microchip?
Once implanted, a chip lasts about 20 to 25 years covering almost the entire lifetime of your Golden Retriever.