What is a Microchip?
The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into. The whole device is small enough to fit inside a needle and can be simply injected under the skin of our pets, where it will stay for the life of the animal. This provides a permanent identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed - a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft.
How does a Microchip work?
The computer memory in the Microchip contains a unique 15-digit number - no two animals will ever have the same number. A radio signal transmitted from a scanner is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. In addition to the number, the microchip generates a reliability check to guarantee that your pet's identifying number is read accurately. This all takes place in less than 40 milliseconds.
How long does the Microchip last?
Once injected under the skin of your pet, the Microchip anchors itself in place for the rest of the life of your pet. It does not pass through or out of the body. The microchip itself has no power supply to replace or moving parts to wear down. Therefore, it can be expected to last for decades - well beyond the lifespan of most pets.
What is the youngest age a pet can be identified?
Animals of any age can be injected with a Microchip. Many puppies and kittens are chipped during their initial vaccine series. Birds, horses and exotics can be identified at any time.
My pets never leave my yard. Why should they be identified with a Microchip?
It only takes one time for the postman, gardener, meter reader, neighbour or friend to leave the gate open or the door ajar. Animals that have not been neutered in particular have a desire to roam. Pet theft is also a daily occurrence. Animals such as purebreds, birds and exotics are valuable and are often stolen for resale.
Does my pet have to be sedated for the injection?
No! Injecting a Microchip is just like any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required or recommended since there is minimal discomfort with the procedure.
Does it hurt?
Not at all. The injection creates only a slight discomfort - most pets don't even react to it.
Could my pet be allergic to the Microchip?
The Microchip is inert and biocompatible. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip afterwards.
How do I know the shelter will be able to check for the Microchip?
The stored information relating to your registered microchip number is maintained on a database in the greater Dublin area and this information, which will include your address and contact phone numbers, will be provided to pre-approved organisations in the event of them locating your microchip.
Where is the microchip implanted?
For most animals (dogs, cats) the chip is implanted in the scruff of the neck (the loose skin between the animal's shoulder blades).
Can the microchip be easily removed?
No, it would require a veterinarian to surgically remove the microchip.