A microchip is a small electronic device the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under the animal’s skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is very simple and is no more painful than an injection. The animal will not be aware of the mircochip once inserted.
Each microchip has a unique number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the owner’s name and address from the database records.
All vets, city council dog pounds and rescue centres have a scanner.
Please contact your local vet for more advice.
The benefits of Mircochipping:
- It allows lost dogs and cats to be reunited with their owner quickly
- It allows easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners who have inflicted cruelty on an animal
- It allows vets to contact dog and cats owners for emergency procedures
- It deters pet theft
- Puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects