Microchips can be inserted from a young age and are commonly done at the time of initial vaccinations as a puppy or kitten. They can also be placed when your pet is under anaesthetic for another procedure such as a spay, castrate or dental.
Microchips are essential in re-uniting you with your pet should they get lost or stolen. A microchip is a small implant (the size of a grain of rice) which is used to identify your pet by giving it a unique number for the rest of its life. The microchip is inserted under skin at the back of the neck and can be scanned to reveal your pet’s unique number. Microchips are used to help identify a wide range of animals from cats and dogs to horses and even some birds and reptiles!
Microchips are a fast way to allow the return of lost pets to their owners as when handed in to any vet practice, rescue centre or pound the first thing to be done will be to scan the pet looking for a chip. When a microchip is found the unique number enables them to find an owners address and contact details (on a national database) so that owners can be informed their pet has been found. Having accurate contact details on a microchip is the only way that an owner can be found, so when you have your pet chipped make sure you fill out the form in as much detail as possible with as many contact numbers as possible. Should you move or any details change, the microchip company should be contacted as soon as possible so that the database can be updated.
With over 126,000 dogs being handled by local authorities last year and 7,500 having to be euthanased as owners could not be located microchipping really could save your pets life!
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