We strongly believe that one of the most important things you can do for your pet is give him or her an identification Microchip. The chipping system has gone from strength to strength during recent years and our Animal Collection Officers carry micro-chipping equipment at all times.
Many people wonder why a microchip is necessary when their cat or dog already has a collar and identification tag. The answer is simple: a microchip can carry much more information about your pet (even their medical conditions can be put on file) and cannot be lost when your pet’s collar breaks or, for example, gets snagged on a bush. Nearly all pets can be Microchipped.
How does it work?
A small electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the skin of the animal’s neck and carries with it a code which is unique to your pet – any information you provide at registration will be linked with your pet’s code on the Pet-ID central database. All veterinary practices and animal rescue organisations carry a microchip scanner and the Pet-ID headquarters are open 24 hours a day. Your pet will also be given a tag to let people know he or she carries an identification chip.
Is the procedure harmful?
Microchipping does not harm your pet in any way. The injection is carried out quickly and effectively with a special ‘click gun’ and is virtually painless. After the injection, the chip itself gives out no signals or radio waves of any kind – it is completely inactive until it is scanned. The chip can remain under your pet’s skin for a lifetime and will never be uncomfortable or even noticeable by the animal or people.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the chipping process varies but is a small amount when compared to the distress of losing a loved animal.
Where can I get more pet care tips?
The National RSPCA website has a wealth of pet care advice on offer at http://www.rspca.org.uk/petcare.