A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet's neck from as early as 8 weeks. Each chip has a unique 15 digit number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded
Each chip has a unique 15 digit number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner. Pet owners need to ensure their contact details are recorded on the database against their pet's microchip number.
Should your pet stray or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you via the database. It is very important to keep your contact details up to date on the database so that if you move house or change your phone number you will still be contactable in the event of your pet becoming lost/straying.
Micro chipping is a quick, safe and simple procedure and causes little discomfort. Some puppies and kittens may flinch or yelp as the chip is implanted, however the pain is minimal and short-lived and most animals will forget about it very quickly.
Micro chipping is very important for re-uniting lost pets with their owners. Should your pet go missing you are far more likely to be reunited if he or she is micro chipped. The benefits of micro chipping in terms of identifying a lost animal and reuniting them with their owner far outweigh any minimal, momentary discomfort.
From March 31, 2016, all dogs must have a microchip implanted, be registered on an approved database and have a valid certificate as evidence of this.