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Dog chipping: Why it is important and how it works

These are the things you need to consider when microchipping your dog.

Dog chipping is a method in which a small microchip is implanted under the skin of the animal. This chip contains a unique identification number that is assigned to the animal. It is an important step to ensure that a dog can be easily identified and quickly returned to its owner in case of loss. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the reasons and benefits of dog chipping, as well as the chip implant process.

Why is chipping dogs important?

1. identification of lost dogs

Dog chipping is a quick and effective way to identify lost dogs. If a dog is found without a collar or other identifying features, the microchip can be used to quickly find the owner.

2. the fight against dog theft

Implanting a chip can also help fight dog theft. If a stolen dog is found, the chip can be used to identify the owner of the dog and return it.

3. legal requirements

In some countries, dog chipping is required by law. There are also some municipalities and cities that have enacted such a requirement. For example, in Germany, dog chipping is mandatory and must be performed on every dog over the age of three months.

How does dog chipping work?

The chip itself is tiny and about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted under the dog's skin at the nape of the neck or between the shoulders with a hypodermic needle. The process is painless and takes only a few seconds. The chip remains under the skin for the life of the dog.

The chip contains a unique identification number that is linked to the owner's name, address and phone number. When a lost dog is found, the chip can be scanned and the identification number can be used to identify the owner.

It is important to note that the chip itself does not contain a GPS tracker. So the chip cannot be used to track the dog's location. Instead, the dog must be well cared for and responsibly kept by its owners to ensure that it is not lost.

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Does it make sense to have the dog vaccinated and chipped at the same time?

In some cases, veterinarians offer to chip and vaccinate dogs at the same time to save time and money. It can be quite convenient if the dog has a vaccination appointment anyway and the vet takes the opportunity to implant the chip at the same time as well. However, it is important to note that this decision depends on the individual situation and it may not always be advisable to do both at the same time.

The cost of chipping and vaccinating can vary by region and veterinary practice. In general, however, dog chipping is relatively inexpensive, and many veterinarians offer chipping as a separate service. Vaccinations, on the other hand, can be more expensive and should be done at regular intervals to ensure the dog remains protected.

It is also important to note that chipping and vaccinating are different procedures and can have different effects on the dog. Some dogs may be temporarily a little uncomfortable after vaccination and may show increased body temperature or fatigue. Chipping, on the other hand, is usually painless and has no immediate effect on the dog's well-being.

Overall, it is important to consider chipping and vaccinating as separate processes and decide individually when it is best to perform them. Veterinarians can help determine the best course of action for the specific dog.

In addition, it is important to emphasize that chipping and vaccinating dogs are basic responsibilities that every dog owner should fulfill. Chipping can help lost dogs be found quickly, and vaccinations can protect the dog from potentially fatal diseases. By taking care of these aspects of dog care, you can ensure that the dog lives a healthy and safe life and can be found quickly in the event of a loss.

In conclusion, dog chipping and vaccination are important and necessary procedures that every dog owner should perform. If there is a possibility to perform both processes at the same time, it can be a practical and cost-effective solution. However, it is important to consider the dog's individual circumstances and the veterinarian's recommendations to make the best decision.

What kind of costs can one expect at the vet when the microchip is applied in Germany?

The cost of chipping a dog in Germany can vary depending on the region and veterinary practice. As a rule, however, you can expect costs of about 30 to 50 euros. However, it is important to note that the cost of chipping may also depend on other factors, such as the age and weight of the dog.

It is also possible that additional costs will be incurred if the dog was adopted from a shelter or animal welfare organization. In some cases, the organization will cover the cost of chipping the dog as part of the adoption process.

It is always advisable to check with different veterinary practices in advance to find out the exact cost of chipping your own dog. One should also make sure that the veterinarian who is to implant the chip has the necessary license and performs the chipping in accordance with the law.

Overall, dog chipping is an important measure to ensure that a lost dog can be quickly and safely returned to its owner. It is a relatively inexpensive process that is usually performed painlessly and quickly.


Dog chipping is an important step in ensuring that a dog can be quickly identified and returned to its owner. It is a painless and quick process that lasts for the life of the dog. If you are a dog owner, you should make sure your dog is chipped so that it can be found quickly in the event of loss or theft.

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