How to find your dog with microchips

Everything about chipping your dog

There are many reasons your dog or puppy could go missing. Fear of another dog, loud fireworks, or the rumble of thunder are common reasons. Disorientation or distraction from new surroundings can also be possible causes - for example, if you are taking a new walk or have just moved into a new home.

If the worst happens and your dog is lost, a microchip can help ensure that it is returned to you safe and sound. Of course, you should still make sure that your dog wears a collar with a tag with your contact details on, but sometimes these can be lost or removed. A microchip for dogs or puppies always stays securely in place. If you've recently had a new puppy, you might be wondering what to think of puppy microchips, read on to find out how much it costs to chip a dog and what the current legal situation is.

What is a microchip?

A dog or puppy microchip is a tiny computer chip about the size of a grain of rice; it contains a unique code that contains detailed information about you and your puppy. The actual process of chipping is relatively quick and easy and can help you find your dog again should it get lost. If your dog is found, a veterinarian or animal shelter can read the code and contact you based on the information stored so that you can quickly hug your four-legged friend again.

How do microchips work?

When you make your appointment, your vet will explain how the microchip works. The tiny microchip - about the size of a large grain of rice - is injected under your dog's skin. The procedure only takes a few seconds and is relatively painless; similar to the feeling when we have our ears pierced. Once the microchip is in place, your dog won't even know it's there!
The way microchips work is based on the unique 15-digit code that is stored in a national database together with your data such as your name, address and emergency number. It is your responsibility to ensure that the data is up-to-date (e.g. when moving, etc.). The first change is usually free of charge, each subsequent change may incur a processing fee, but this depends on your provider.

What happens after your dog is found?

If one day your furry friend runs away and is lucky enough to be found by a nice stranger who brings him to a vet or sanctuary / animal shelter, a scanning device will be used to check whether your dog has a microchip. The scan does not cause any additional stress for your dog and is completely painless.
With this quick scan, the 15-digit code can be determined and found by entering it into the database on the basis of your registered data. After the successful safety checks connected to the database, the veterinarian or the animal shelter will receive your contact details.

What is the cost of this procedure?

The cost of a puppy's microchip varies depending on when it's made and who makes it, but on average it usually costs anywhere from $ 30 to $ 60 (creation and insertion).

The current dog microchip law

In Germany there are different regulations for labeling in the federal states (chip requirement vs. tattoo). Find out about the applicable laws on the websites of the countries. Important: If you want to travel EU-wide with your dog or cat, chipping is compulsory. The code number is entered in your pet's ID card.