What Is a Microchip and how does it Work?
A microchip is a small, rice shaped transponder that has a unique number embedded in it. It is inserted into the animal's skin with a needle, usually between the shoulder blades. The number can be read at a certain frequency and is picked up using a special hand-held scanner. Once identified, the number links directly to a database which brings up details of the owner and their address and contact details. Vets, animal shelters and emergency clinics, all have scanners to identify any lost or stolen pets.
Many people worry that the procedure to insert the microchip will hurt their animal. However it is relatively painless.
Why Is It Important To Micro Chip Your Pet?
A pet microchip is an essential tool in preventing your pet from becoming lost or stolen. Animals, especially cats and dogs, have a tendency to wander off if unsupervised and it is extremely easy to lose your pet or to have him/her stolen. Since animal shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners to identify micro chipped animals, it is likely that if you do lose your pet, it will be returned to you quickly.
If you suspect your pet to be stolen and you spot somebody with an animal that looks just like yours, you can prove whether it is or not with a scan. The police can assist you in being able to do this in case the person is reluctant to help you.
How Reliable Is A Microchip Compared to an ID Tag?
Microchip pets are generally safer than pets with an ID Tag because ID Tags can easily fall off whereas a microchip is embedded into the skin. It would be extremely easy for a thief to take the tag off whereas there is no way of taking off a microchip.
How Long Does A Microchip Last?
Once micro chipped, it usually operates for around 25 years as it has no battery, moving parts or power supply. They generally last for the whole of the animal's life.
The microchip is placed between the shoulder blades and a thin layer of connective tissue grows around it which firmly holds it in place. It will never be passed through the animal's body.
Overall, pet microchip identification is the best way to protect your dog or cat against theft and from getting lost. A £20 one-off fee means your pet can be identified quickly and easily if anything should ever happen.
Low Cost – Quick - Safe - Reliable