Microchipping Your Pet
Microchipping your pet is Lifetime Protection for them. It is a simple, effective and permanent way to make sure your pet can be easily identified should they get lost, stolen or stray. Your pet can then be reunited with you as quickly as possible.
Why do Southview Vets recommend microchipping as part of our preventative health programme for all pets?
- Accidental loss occurs when visitors or tradespeople leave your gate open. In our experience no pet or yard is fully escape proof – accidents happen. Escape by pets with “wanderlust” is common, especially in young animals before neutering.
- Attractive and valuable animals are stolen to keep or to sell for profit. The problem with collars and tags it that they often fall off or are removed. Microchips cannot be removed. It is virtually impossible to sell on a dog that has a microchip and is thus identified for life.
- Thousands of owned pets are destroyed each year simply because they lack identification. Over 6,000 dogs were euthanized in Ireland last year.
- In our experience losing a pet can be even more traumatic for the owner than the death of a pet especially where children are involved.
- If you wish to travel abroad with your pet it will need a microchip and a Pet Passport.
A Microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice which has a unique 15 digit number. This provides a permanent identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed. The chip transmits a radio signal which can be ‘read’ by a scanner that all vets and animal sanctuaries will have. Once injected into the animal the biocompatible chip will anchor in place for the lifetime of your pet.
Microchipping can be done by specific appointment but we often do it when pets come in for their annual health assessment, vaccination or neutering. The injection creates only a slight discomfort and is over in a second, it is just like an ordinary vaccination.
The cost of getting your pet microchipped includes lifetime registration of your pet and your contact details on a central database. All strays taken to pounds and vets are scanned for the presence of a microchip – when one is found, a quick check of the Animal Database locates the owners and ensures a happy reunion.
Since 2006 all pedigree puppies have to be microchipped for Irish Kennel Club registration. This is usually done by the breeder’s vet when the puppies are 6 weeks old. It is important to ensure that the contact details relevant to your new puppy are yours. If your pet is already microchipped and you are unsure if its microchip details are registered, bring them to your vet to scan their microchip and check that the correct details are registered.
Microchipping is a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss. It is never too late to chip your pet.