7 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

7 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

Why you should permanently identify your pet with a microchip.

1. Why do I need a microchip if my pet has a collar and ID tag?

Collars with identity tags can fall off or be ripped off your pet. A microchip is forever. It can be used without a collar to permanently identify your pet.

2. My pet never goes outside. Why does he need to be microchipped?                                                   

Many indoor cats and small dogs never wear a collar. It only takes a second for your pet to escape if a door or window is left open. If your pet is brought to an animal pound there is no way to return him to you without a microchip. 

3. Lost Pets with microchips are found more often.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime. If your missing pet is brought to a vets or a pound he will be scanned for a microchip and then can be returned back to you safe and sound.                                                                                                                                                                                              

4. Will microchipping hurt my pet?

Microchipping is quick and pain free. The microchip itself is tiny and it is inserted with a needle, so is no different than getting a small injection. It only takes a few seconds to do.                                                                                                                                                                                  

5. Is microchipping expensive?

Microchips at Active VetCare Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals are only €20 for the month of March. €20 for life long identification and peace of mind? Now that’s something to celebrate!    

6. What happens if my dog is stolen?

If your dog is stolen a microchip can prevent someone from selling him on as when the microchip is scanned you will be shown as the owner. 

7. Do I legally have to microchip my dog?

Yes. From the 1st of April 2016 it will be law that all dogs in Ireland must be microchipped and correctly registered with www.fido.ie