The Importance of Microchipping Your Yorkshire Terrier

Last updated February 8, 2009

The Importance of Microchipping Your Yorkshire Terrier

Each year, Yorkshire Terriers go missing. Most of those are actually stolen, because these dogs are worth a great deal of money to a savvy thief. If you have not already considered Microchipping your Yorkshire Terrier, you absolutely must consider this immediately, and make arrangements to have this done.

On average, Microchipping can cost somewhere between $40 and $70, depending on the area where you live, and the microchip that you order, as well as whether or not you are injecting the microchip yourself or having it done for you. The small microchip contains a number, which when put into the computer system returns information about the dog and his owner, including your name, phone number, address, and the name and phone number of your veterinarian.

Microchips are injected into the animal, just as you would inject vaccine, and this is something that you can do yourself, or you can have your veterinarian do this for you. If you do this yourself, the company through which you buy the kit will give you detailed instructions for registering the microchip in the national database.

Once injected, these microchips can be read with a scanner. Here is where you need to use caution. You can find much cheaper chips on the market, but they will not be readable by the majority of scanners used. Use a well known microchip brand, such as AVID, which can be read by the largest majority of microchip scanners used at veterinarian offices and pet rescue operations.

You can inject the microchip when your Yorkshire Terrier is between the ages of five and eight weeks old, although many breeders now microchip the Yorkie for you, before you ever take it home, as an additional service. The Yorkshire Terrier is injected between the shoulder blades, just under the skin.

Microchipping pets is highly recommended by all veterinarians, breeders, breed organizations, and rescue organizations today ?especially for high value animals, such as Yorkshire Terriers. It has been found that Microchipping is much safer than other forms of identification for your pet, because the microchip cannot be removed as a collar can, and it is more humane than tattooing you pet. Pets that are injected with microchips do not experience any more discomfort than they would in a regular vaccination, and in most cases, they experience less discomfort.

Since its inception, microchips have aided in returning lost and stolen pets to their owners in record numbers. Again, this seems to be much more reliable than depending on tags, which can be easily removed, and tattoos, which may not be noticed at all. Today, all rescue organizations and veterinarians scan the found animal first, in hopes of finding a microchip so that the animal can be reunited with its family as quickly as possible.

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