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Can Large Animals be Microchipped?

Are microchips still something you fear or are uncertain about? You are not alone. Many people in the United States are still not sure about new inventions in tech and microchips. It is not surprising with states banning employers from forcing employees to partake in mandatory microchipping. 

While human microchipping is still not hip, pet microchipping is the best method for keeping your pet safe. Numerous studies have promoted pet microchipping as the safest method, and we have covered it time and time again in our blogs. 

However, you may still have questions about microchipping your pet, and we are here to answer them all. Today, we wanted to delve into microchipping your large animal. If you have a larger dog, you may ponder if microchipping is as good of an option. 

Can A Large Animal be Microchipped?

The short answer is yes! Many ranchers are starting to employ microchips to help keep track of their livestock. Most RFID Microchips are implanted in the animal’s ear, and it is one of the best methods to make sure people know an animal belongs to you. 

Manuela Wulf, BSc, a researcher at the Graf Lehndorff Institute, spoke on how microchips are safe for horses. These microchips used on horses do not cause relatively any psychological or biological distress, so they are used widely in Europe. 

Therefore, since ear tags and tattoos are becoming outdated practices, further research needs to be done on microchips and livestock. A study looking at pigs and microchips found that over 80% of pigs with microchips were still readable even after a rearing period. This marks a good reason for farmers to employ new methods, and it’s even better news if you are anxious about placing a microchip in your larger pet. 

If you have a big dog, you can rest assured that even horses and cows use microchip management systems. 

Will My Large Dog Stay as Safe as Smaller Animals?

With current trends in microchips, some manufacturers are looking to downsize to smaller and smaller types of microchips. This means that manufactures are considering the uncomfortable feeling of placing a microchip in your pup. Despite microchip implantation feeling like drawing blood, some owners are still concerned about causing too much discomfort for their pup. 

Although, mini chips are recommended for smaller animals like hamsters or ferrets.  For dogs, it is recommended to use the regular size. The average size of a dog microchip is 12mm. This is about the size of a grain of rice. However, if you are considering the size of your dog or cat’s microchip, contact us! We can help you with all your microchipping needs! 

However, keep in mind that a scanner needs to read your dog’s microchip even after they grow up. Have your veterinarian check your pet’s microchip to verify it is still readable after they have gone from a small puppy or kitten into a larger, mature adult. 

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Why Microchips are Important?

From looking at a study from 7,700 stray animals, over 30% more animals were found thanks to a microchip. Microchips increase your chance of reuniting with a pet. 

Identification tags are useful, but pet owners sometimes forget to place them on their pups. Therefore, your last defense is a pet microchip if fido strays too far.

So, stay confident and rest assured that your pet will stay safe if you use a microchip and management system. Just please remember, a microchip needs to be registered in order for it to work. If you are worried about all the complications with microchipping, we are here to help!  

Stay Safe and Microchip your Large Dog!

So, there you have it! It’s far better to microchip your large dog than leaving them without protection. From horses to hamsters, every pet is getting on the microchip train, and you don’t want to be left behind! If you have further questions about microchips, read our blog on the 5 common microchipping mistakes!