A microchip is actually a tiny computer chip that is placed under the skin of your dog (or cat). Each chip has an identification number that is linked to the pet owner’s information. They are very small, about the size of a grain of rice. The most important thing to remember is that you should never try to locate your pet’s chip with an x-ray. X-rays can damage the chip and render it useless for identification purposes.
How long does a microchip last in a dog?
This depends on many factors such as the dog’s age, weight, and breed, as well as the type of chip and the environment it is living in (how hot and humid is it and does the dog swim a lot?). According to pet microchip manufacturers’ sites, the longevity of a microchip varies from 2-20 years. However, unless an animal has a medical condition that weakens the immune system, pets do not die from the microchip itself.
Dogs are living creatures, which are susceptible to the same risk factors as humans are. This means that dogs can also get cancer, heart diseases, diabetes etc. As per the statistics, the life expectancy of a dog is up to 15 years. But dogs bred for their looks tend to have a life expectancy of less than 15 years. They are bred for the purpose of showing, thus they are fed with a lot of nutrients and other supplements which may be harmful to them after a period of time.
Do microchips in dogs expire?
How long are dog microchips good for?
A dog microchip is only good for about 14 years before it goes bad. This will vary depending on how often the dog is used for breeding. Electric microchips are only good for about 14 years, however, if your dog is not used for breeding, an electronic microchip will last for up to 20 years.