As of the 1st April 2016 microchipping has become compulsory in all dogs and we highly recommend it in cats too.Every day, many lost pets are taken to animal shelters and pounds and fail to be reunited with their owners because they cannot be identified. Collars and tags are useful but can easily be removed, fall off or become damaged. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home, microchipping is your best option.
A microchip is tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) which has a unique identification number programmed into it. The microchip is simply injected under the skin of your pet, usually in the ‘scruff’ or skin at the back of the neck. Once injected, the microchip becomes encapsulated by a thin layer of protein, which anchors it in place for the rest of the life of your pet. The microchip has no power supply to be recharged, or moving parts to wear out, so it can be expected to last for decades. The unique number is registered with a database that holds information such as your contact phone number and address along with your pet’s name, breed and age.
A special scanner possessed by veterinary surgeons, local authorities and animal welfare organisations can detect the microchip when the lost pet is brought to them. The pet’s owner can then be contacted and be reunited with their pet.
Animal Care Hospital Douglas Vets in Cork