It’s a sad fact that hundreds of pets go missing every day and many are never reunited with their owners for one simple reason they cannot be reliably identified!
The good news is, however, that in addition to the traditional collar and engraved tag (which doesn’t always stay in place) you can now have your pet permanently identified with a tiny micro-chip, giving you the best chance of being reunited with your pet should they go missing.
A range of pets can be micro-chipped including dogs, cats, small pets, birds and even fish!
A micro-chip is hardly bigger than a grain of rice and having it implanted is quick and simple. Like a normal injection, it is inserted under the skin at the back of the neck, and once there, it lasts a lifetime. Each micro-chip carries a unique code, which together with information about your pet and your personal contact details, is held on a central database. Most vets now use a device which allows them to scan the chip for their body temperature too.
Should your pet go missing, when found, the chip can be ‘read’ by using a special hand held scanner. Vets, the police and animal welfare organisations all routinely scan all strays. The owner can then be contacted and they can be reunited quickly.
Don’t forget if you move house, you must ensure you up-date your contact details.
Don’t take any chances, contact your vet today and make an appointment to have your pet micro-chipped.
Chris Devlin BVSc MRCVS is a Vet and Partner at Hillside Veterinary Centre in Corfe Mullen. w: www.hillsidevets.co.uk.