How Does It Work?
A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice. The chip can be scanned for its unique code which is stored on the national pet log database and matched to the owner’s contact details.
Why is it important?
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – micro-chipping can change that.
While collars and tags can get caught or removed – micro-chipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively. It is also expected to become compulsory for all pet owners in the near future.
Micro chipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.
When can my pet be micro-chipped?
The implantation is relatively painless although it is similar to an injection, some animals may experience a small amount of discomfort for a very brief moment. Pets can be micro-chipped at any time but it is recommended to have young animals chipped early on to ensure they are not at risk of getting lost.
Some people chose to have puppies & kitten’s chipped when they are neutered and under general anaesthetic.