Each year shelters destroy thousands of perfectly healthy dogs because they have no identification, so nobody knows who owns the dogs. Others do wear identification tags but sometimes the tag or collar accidentally comes off or someone removes it because they have taken a liking to your pet and steals him. There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing your dog and wondering if you will ever see him again.
Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers and other working dogs have a far higher chance of getting lost than a pet that spends most of his life inside or in a fenced yard. If that dog accidentally sneaks out the door and goes for a wander, sometimes the owner is lucky because a neighbor recognizes your pet and returns him or he was wearing an identification tag so the Shelter or Rescue knows who to call. With hunting dogs such as the Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, the animal and owner are often hunting in the country or far from home. It is normal for hunting dogs to be out of their master's sight for long stretches of time without the owner becoming worried that his dog is lost. It is not practical to put a nylon collar with identification tags on a hunting dog as there is a good chance the collar will become tangled or fall off while hunting.
It is difficult to keep an eye on your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever every second while out hunting and unfortunately, they do end up lost on occasion. Without some way of identifying the dog, it is very difficult to have him returned to his rightful owner so there is always a chance of the local pound picking the dog up, not being able to locate the owner, and eventually destroying him.
Microchipping your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is an easy, fast, painless, and inexpensive way to identify your pet even if he has lost his collar and tags. Approximately the size of a small grain of rice, they encode this microchip with an identification number for your duck tolling retriever. Your veterinarian uses a needle to implant this chip between the dog's shoulder blades just under his skin and enters the identification number into a national or local data bank. This is where they keep the identification information, which lists your name, address, phone number, your dog's name, and other contact information that you want included. It is important to notify them of any change of information.
If your dog ends up in a shelter or at a vet's, they scan your dog and call a toll free number, which is in service twenty-four hours a day, that will identify your pet, and give them your contact information. Even if your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is microchipped, it is still important to have a dog collar and identification tags on your pet when not out hunting, so if he slips outside and someone finds him, they know whom to call.