Reasons why your pet needs microchipping
Though it is only compulsory so far for dogs, it is also recommended that cats are microchipped as they have a high propensity to roam and may not be able to find their way back home.
The microchip that’s used for pets is a tiny device that’s about the size of a grain of rice. The chip contains a unique 15 digit number which is read by a special scanner using radio-waves. This number corresponds with a central database where you will register your details (name, address, contact number). If the dog is found, then the microchip can be read and matched with your details so you can be contacted and reunited with your pet.
How microchipping works
The microchip itself doesn’t have any power source or moving parts and once it enters under the skin it is encased by protein, so it is completely harmless to the animal. The natural healing process holds it in place for the rest of its life and it doesn’t need to be changed. It is injected under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades, by a special implanting device and sterile needle. The process is relatively painless and only causes about as much discomfort as a normal vaccine shot.
To arrange for your pet to be microchipped please contact one of our veterinary clinics. We’re also happy to help with all you need to know about the microchipping process, including how to register your details on the central database.
Please note a microchip is not a GPS tracking device.