If you own a Shorkie, microchipping is an important step that needs to be taken. Shorkie are very intelligent dogs and can easily slip out of their collar or escape from the garden. This makes microchipping incredibly necessary for these dogs so they can be found if they ever do go missing. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about microchipping your Shorkie!
What is a pet microchip?
A microchip is a very small computer chip that a competent microchip implanter places between your dog’s shoulder blades. The physical chip is tiny, about the size of a rice grain, and will remain in your Shorkie pup for the rest of its life. This microchip holds all of your and your pet’s information, including their immunizations, medical records, breed type, and more. Microchips are used not just for identification but also to combat pet theft.
Why should you microchip your Shorkie?
Microchipping is the most effective method of identifying your Shorkie. All dogs in the United Kingdom are legally required to be microchipped. Although microchipping your dog is now required by law, it makes keeping your dog safe much easier. If he or she ever gets lost and winds up at a veterinarian’s office – which does happen more than you think – microchipped Shorkies are considerably easier to reunite with their owners than non-microchipped ones.
How can microchipping help me reunite with my missing Shorkie?
If you microchip your Shorkie, it will be possible to reunite them with you in the event that they get lost. When someone finds your missing dog and takes them to the doctor or rescue facility, their microchip may be scanned, which would lead back to you as their owner.
In order for microchipping to work, it is critical that the information on your dog’s microchip be updated. Make sure the microchip database firm has your most up-to-date contact information if you just adopted a new Shorkie so they can contact you when your missing pet is found. If you don’t update the details on your dog’s microchip, you may find it difficult to reconnect with them if they go missing.
At what age do I get my Shorkie microchipped?
Shorkies may be microchipped at any age, but it’s preferable if they’re at least seven weeks old. If you get your Shorkie puppy microchipped before they reach the age of seven weeks, their immune system is not developed enough. This might lead to them rejecting the chip implant or it not functioning properly.
If you live in the United Kingdom, your Shorkie puppy must be microchipped by the age of eight weeks. Your breeder will most likely have completed this procedure before delivering your Shorkie puppy, but it is always a good idea to double-check with them. If you’re uncertain, contact your local veterinarian who can tell you more information. Microchip implantation is a simple process that may be done at the vet clinic.
Does my elderly Shorkie need microchipping?
Some owners believe that their old dog is exempt from microchipping. This isn’t true unless your veterinarian states that the Shorkie can’t be microchipped due to medical reasons. A certificate from the veterinarian stating this will be provided. Because laws in the UK have made microchipping dogs compulsory, it’s likely that your canine companion has already been chipped. It’s not enough to get them chipped; we recommend checking with your microchipping database to ensure that the information is correct and up to date.
Will microchipping hurt my Shorkie?
Of course not, microchipping your dog is a simple procedure that doesn’t cause any type of pain. If you are worried about having pain inflicted on your Shorkie, don’t worry. With modern technology today, the procedure is extremely quick and easy, a quick injection that doesn’t cause your dog any type of discomfort. When a vet uses a microchip scanner to identify your Shorkie’s microchip number, this is also a painless procedure that takes a matter of seconds.
Are there any side effects of microchipping my dog?
When it comes to microchipping their Shorkie, some dog owners are concerned about side effects. There are some negative effects that these chips can cause; however, the most of them are minor and should not be considered a cause for concern.
Microchips have been linked to allergies in dogs, which can lead to discomfort or redness where the chip was inserted. This is very rare since microchips have been used for many years now without any major side effects being reported yet.
A possible side effect is an infection at specific locations, although this isn’t very common, according to research on over 100 dogs who were all microchipped successfully and free of negative effects. Microchip side effects can be avoided if the region chipped is treated properly and cleaned regularly.
Where can I get my Shorkie microchipped?
All dogs from breeders should be microchipped prior to sale but if your Shorkie puppy is not yet microchipped, there are various places where you can get it microchipped. Veterinary clinics, animal shelters, rescue organizations and even some pet stores offer this service for a fee where the dog owner will receive a certificate and correct microchip paperwork. Some rescue organisations may do this process for free.
How much does it cost to have my Shorkie microchipped?
In the United Kingdom, a microchip implantation procedure costs around £20. The microchip cost will be determined by the microchip company you choose as well as other services provided. If you buy several services at once, such as vaccinations or pet identification tags, some companies may provide discounts. This price range is between £20 and £30 if you don’t want to acquire any more services from them.
I got my Shorkie microchipped, what’s next?
When you get your dog microchipped, it is essential that you register the microchip number and contact information for your pet with a government-approved UK pet database. To learn more about the many pet database companies available, click here.
When your Shorkie’s microchip is registered, it is your duty as the owner to keep it up to date, particularly your address and personal contact information, whenever you relocate. This helps reunite you and your dog if they go missing.
How can I update the information for my Shorkie’s microchip?
You may change the microchip information of your Shorkie at your local veterinarian or with the company that registered your pet’s microchip information.
A dog’s details on a pet microchip database may be changed and updated for between £6 and £20 in administration fees. Some charge you each time you alter your information, whereas others charge an upfront fee that covers all changes over your dog’s lifetime. Check with your database to see how they’re handled.
If you don’t update your Shorkie’s information, you run the risk of not finding them if they go missing. Don’t put yourself in a position where you’ll never see your dog again. If the information about your Shorkie is not updated, it will be the former owner’s information that will be recorded in the microchip database rather than yours. A £500 fine may be due if your details are also not kept up to date.
Microchipping is an essential aspect of dog ownership. It’s a simple, fast procedure with no negative effects if done correctly. If you microchip your dog and have their microchip information updated in the authorised pet microchipping database, you’ll have peace of mind that they can be quickly returned to you if they ever runaway.
I’m hoping that this post was useful to you, and that you learned everything you needed to know about microchipping your Shorkie! Don’t forget to pass this information along to others who might find it useful too.