MicroChipping your dog: A Big Brother program
Microchipping your dog is a Big Brother program I can definitely agree with. Injection of a small electronic chip into your dog is an excellent way to have it permanently identified. Now it is not without its problems, but the rewards outweigh the rare risks.
Healthwise there are minimal complications except for migration of the chip to other areas of the body other than behind the shoulder blades. This does not seem to cause any complications except for trying to locate the chip with a scanner. One complication to be concerned about is the rare occurrence of the chip being broken when being inserted into your dog. There are anecdotal cases of chips causing illness as severe as cancer, but these are unconfirmed and no research has been done to show that this is the case. Hypothetically there are metals in the chip that if the seal of the chip was broken could cause an issue with the surrounding tissues. So be sure to have a qualified person inserts the chip such as a veterinarian or a veterinary technician that has had experience with inserting microchips.
The exciting thing that although makes this program very Big Brotherish, if your dog is lost, someone with a universal reader can read the chip’s number, input that chips number into one of the databases found on the web, and from there the owners information can be found or the manufacturer of the chip will be displayed to contact them to find the owner. So if your dog is picked up by animal control or the humane society all they need to do is scan your dog and it can be returned to you! They will know who the dog belongs to and give you a call to come and get him.
Thanks to American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for creating a database of micropchips – http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ On this site a chip number can be entered and if the owner’s information is in the database it will be displayed, otherwise the chips manufacturer will be displayed and the chip can be traced through their database or at least to the facility that inserted the chip. It is very cool technology and although I am not for the government or any organization knowing where I am at or being permanently identified by inserting a chip into my body, I am all for finding my lost dog quickly and effectively.