Microchip Identification – a valuable safeguard

Though we do everything possible to keep our pets safe, there is always a possibility that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel could be lost. Dog tags are the first line of defense, but what if your pet loses his collar or the tags fall off? Your fail safe solution is microchip identification.

Your veterinarian can implant a tiny microchip between your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s shoulder blades in a simple, relatively painless procedure. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and has a unique identification number encoded in it.  Having a microchip implanted under the skin does not harm your dog or cause him discomfort.

Your vet will give you an application where you can specify your emergency contact information which is then sent to the animal recovery registry. If the humane society ever finds your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, it is a simple matter to scan your pet for a microchip which will quickly identify your pet and provide the humane society with your contact information.  Most animal shelters and veterinary offices now have this scanning technology.

Be sure to keep the animal recovery registry information with your pet’s records. Should any of your information change, update your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s file with the registry promptly.

To learn more about the American Kennel Club’s Companion Animal Recovery, click here.

Keeping your dog within a confined area (e.g. your fenced backyard or a municipal dog park) or leashed is the simplest way to prevent your dog from being lost. However, accidents happen so it’s also important to have a plan for finding your dog if he gets loose. Read our Lost Dog! article here.