Every day animals go missing. Sadly many are never reunited with their owners, simply because of a lack of identification. Collars and tags alone are not effective at identifying your pet as these are easily removed or lost by your pet. A microchip gives your pet the best chance of being reunited with you if they become lost or stolen.
What is a micro-chip?
A device smaller than a grain of rice that in seconds is inserted harmlessly under your pet's skin by a vet. The chip can be scanned at vet clinics and animal shelters to identify your pet. You need to register your pet's microchip number with your name, address and contact details on the national pet database. Most vets will do this for you but it's important to check and ensure your contact details are up to date.
How does it help?
If someone finds your pet and takes them to a vet clinic, SPCA or council, they will automatically scan for a microchip. When a microchip is found, they will look up the national database and contact you on the number you have supplied. It's essential to register your microchip on the national database and keep your details up to date.
Does my pet still need a ID tag?
Yes. Sometimes microchips can fail or you may forget to update your details. So you should also use a collar and ID tag with your phone number. This makes it easy for people to contact you if they find your pet. For cats, it's important to use a breakaway collar, so they can escape safely if they get tangled.
Good to know
- Micro-chips are low cost and easy to insert
- The procedure doesn't harm the animal
- The chip usually lasts the lifetime of your pet
- Micro-chips help to quickly reunited animals with theirs owners
- You need to ensure you're contact details are keep up to date with the national pet database
- The chip can be used as legal identification if ownership is in dispute
- The chip doesn't act as a tracker and doesn't work with the Global Positioning System (GPS)
How do you get one?
Simply discuss it with your vet.