How Much Does Microchipping a Dog Cost?
A microchip for your dog is a great way to ensure that your dog never gets lost. If the dog gets lost and it has a microchip installed, you will have a much better chance of being reunited with your pet. Some have the mistaken idea that the microchip works like a GPS and pinpoints the exact location of the dog; however, the microchip will actually give the vet the ability to find the owner of the dog since it stores information of the owner’s address and phone number. If someone finds your dog, all he or she has to do is turn it into a shelter or a vet and the owner can be found.
How much does a dog microchip cost?
- The cost of a microchipping a dog is a rather inexpensive procedure. The cost of microchipping is going to widely vary depending on the adoption agency doing the procedure and the breed of dog that will have the microchip installed.
- On average, the microchip for dogs cost can be anywhere from $20 to as much as $60 to have the chip implanted. It will normally cost another $10 to $30 to have the dog registered in the national database.
- The website PetFinder.com claims that it can cost anywhere about $45 and up to get the microchip implanted.
What are the extra costs?
- As mentioned above, the cost of registration is going to cost extra. This registration process can cost upwards of $30.
- Although very rare, complications, such as infection at the site of the wound, can occur. Treatment for something like this will cost extra.
What is going to be included?
- During the procedure, a small incision will be made in the vet’s office. Preloaded with a sterile applicator, the microchip will be injected near the shoulder blades. This will take only a few seconds, and most dogs will feel as if they just received a routine examination. Keep in mind that this microchip won’t hurt your pet! It’s no different than receiving a slight shot during a vaccination check up.
- If a dog does get lost, the chip will use what is known as RFID technology. When a scanner is passed over the pet, it will transmit the pet’s ID number. Once this number is obtained, the used can match it to the database, allowing him to find the owner’s name and contact information.
- A microchip is able to last a lifetime. Since there are no batteries or moving parts, none of the chip has to be charged or should need to be replaced.
Tips to know:
- Microchipping will not work like a GPS device. Instead, the only way that you will be able to recover your lost dog is that if someone finds it and returns it to a local vet clinic. So if you do lose your dog, you can’t track it.
- There are two major brands that can provide microchips and register the dog. These companies include Avid and HomeAgain. If you want to learn more about which brand your vet uses, call them before your appointment. Each brand has its own advantages over the other.
- For those dog owners that fear that the procedure may hurt the dog, keep in mind that this will not hurt any more than a routine vaccination.
- If you have other pets such as a cat, they can be microchipped too. See: “How much does it cost to microchip a cat?“
- Don’t forget, you have to register your pet once they have been microchipped.
How can I save money?
- A private vet clinic is often going to be the most expensive route to take, while a shelter such as the Humane Society will often be cheaper.
- If you plan on adopting a dog or cat, many local shelters will perform the microchip feature at a fraction of the cost.
- Your pet may have already been microchipped if you recently adopted one. If you think that this is the case, take it to your vet’s office where they can check it for you.
- Remember, the procedure will often be less than $60. If you have the fear of losing your dog, this is a great way to increase your chances of getting him or her back. Remember, without a chip, your dog could end up with another owner if they aren’t claimed within a few days.