Every year rescue centres take in 1,000’s of stray animals which can’t be returned to their owners – This is due to them not being microchipped! Over 250,000 pets go missing each year, but getting your pet microchipped greatly increases the chances of them being found!
After April 2016 ALL owners needed to get their pets are microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a rice-sized computer chip that can be implanted underneath the skin of an animal that can be easily detected with a handheld device. It is encased in a type of glass designed to be safe for your pet. When the chip is read, a unique alphanumeric code is displayed which can be matched with the owners details on a database.
Will it hurt?
A microchip is designed to be implanted via an injection, so will be no different to previous vaccinations they will have had. It may cause a little discomfort for your pet, however it will only be for a split second while the needle is used. Once in place, the microchip is specially designed to be pet friendly, so your pet won’t even know it’s there.
How long will it last?
Once your pet is microchipped, it should last the duration of its lifetime.
Updating your contact details:
It is important for you to keep your contact details up to date, including address and phone number, to give the best chance of you being contactable should your pet go missing.
You can update your pet’s microchip details by visiting the manufacturer’s website/ database provider or by telephoning them. If you don’t know your pet’s microchip number or have any details on which database they are registered to, you can take your pet in to get scanned. This will give you the microchip number which can be matched up with the correct database.
What if my pet goes missing?
In the unfortunate event your pet goes missing, start by contacting the database provider which holds their contact details as soon as possible. It is also advisable to to contact all vets’ practices in the local area, as well as the animal warden.
If a lost pet is taken to the vet, re-homing centre or animal warden, it should be routinely checked for the presence of a microchip. If found, the owner’s contact details can be quickly retrieved from the appropriate database.