How do you microchip a dog?
On 1st April 2016 every dog must be legally microchipped. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner’s details are placed on a national database.
Many thousands of dogs and cats that go missing each year and according to 2014 statistics from Department of Environment, less than half of them are reunited with their owners.
A microchip is a small implant, which is the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and specific to you.
Using a specially designed implanter, the microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the cat or dog’s skin.The procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination or injection. Once the microchip has been inserted, the microchip embeds itself close to the shoulder region, preventing movement of the chip.
The microchip can then be scanned using a scanner (commonly found in all our Veterinary Hospitals) where the unique registration number can be picked up. This number is then placed into the national database for dog microchips and your details are easily located.
Its is a simple procedure and it is permanent so you dont have to worry about microchipping your dog again.