Microchip is Required for Dog Travel
I’ve been reading your blog and thought that I’d throw in my two cents worth about how bipeds can make travelling with a pet a little easier…
Maybe we should start off with ID and how a microchip is required for dog travel?
Bipeds have passports to ensure that everyone knows who they are. You and your fellow dogs (and sorry, cats…) are at a distinct disadvantage in that you don’t speak biped language (regardless of what country you’re in!). Since you cannot attest to your identity, we veterinarians suggest that you make use of a microchip. Now before your fluffy friends get too worked up about it, I know that you have one. I think you’ll agree that the day we put it in, there was a quick sharp prick and it hasn’t bothered you since. Even if your buddies are not planning to follow in your footsteps and jet set around the world, it’s a practical way of making sure no one gets lost in their hometown!
So, safety at home notwithstanding, microchips are a requirement for travel to many countries, and in most cases, you need to be microchipped before you receive your vaccinations. Bipeds have this peculiar need to know everything about you when you cross an international border, and that includes making sure it was really you that got vaccinated (as if you could bribe your buddy down the street with a piece of chicken to take your place!).
There are two types of microchips which are currently available. The universal standard is rapidly becoming the 15 digit ISO compatible chip. A notable exception is that the United States standard chip is a 9 digit chip, and up until about 5 years ago, a lot of Canadian veterinarians were implanting these chips. As you know, we suggested to your bipeds that you have a 15 digit chip so that you could travel to Europe. If you’ve got friends who are older and have a chip and want to travel, their biped should ask their veterinarians what kind of chip they have. If it is an older chip and they want to travel anywhere other than the United States, they have two options. The first is having a new chip implanted, or the second is having their own hand-held scanner to read the chip.
So there you go – A microchip is required for dog travel. Trust me, your ID is much easier than mine! I have to renew my passport soon and it will take much longer than what it did for your microchip!
Dr. Saye Clement
Carling Animal Hospital