In addition to properly identifying your pet, microchipping has the potential to save their lives. Therefore, it is crucial to have your pet dog or cat microchipped. If your pet has a microchip, you are much more likely to find them again if they get lost.
A microchip for your pet is a permanent means of digital identification. The microchip is placed just beneath the skin at the rear of your pet’s neck, in between shoulder blades, and it is extremely tiny – it is about the size of a rice grain. A microchip scanner can identify the distinct number on each chip. A computer registry with information about the pet and owner contains the microchip information. Vets, rescue organisations, and some municipal organisations can check your animal for a chip and get in touch with you through the system should it stray or get lost.
The microchip is immobile, doesn’t need a battery, doesn’t use any energy to operate and it doesn’t need to be replaced as it will last for the whole of the animal’s life.
It is crucial to keep your contact information up to date in the system so that, even if you relocate or change your cell number, someone can still get in touch with you in the case that your pet becomes lost or stray.
After buying or adopting your pet, it is recommended to have them microchipped. However, it is advised to schedule a time with your veterinarian to have your pet microchipped if it hasn’t already.
If a pet is given to a new owner, they are now responsible for making sure their contact information is entered into the system. Make sure your information is kept up to date for every microchipped pet.