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Quicklook at Dogs by Mel Kavanagh

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Chapter Six: Managing a dog

Microchipping

Microchipping is very commonly advocated nowadays as a means of permanently identifying a dog. The law requires that dogs out in public should wear a collar, with some record of the owner’s name and address. For all its old fashioned simplicity and lack of technology this still remains the simplest means of identifying a dog. It is a straightforward matter of reading the address and phone number. Of course things are never this simple. Dogs rarely lose their collars but the name tags are commonly lost and not replaced. Tattoos are another alternative but they can fade and become difficult to read after a few years. The microchip is implanted under the skin and as such cannot be lost.

The microchip is a small ...

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