05 Jul Pet Microchipping and Its Importance
Having a pet to cuddle and play with, is a beautiful feeling. However, with this feeling comes a sense of responsibility for their safety and accountability on pet parents which increases even more since there is no way these babies could communicate the danger that they are in or when they encounter an unwanted circumstance.
Unlike their parents, pets lack the ability to find their way back home in case they are lost, either during travel or simply upon venturing outside the home, unsupervised.
So how does one ensure that they are reunited with their baby if they are lost or go missing, without having to wander around the city or push the authorities repeatedly?
The solution is – Pet Microchipping
What is Pet Microchip
Pet Microchip is a pet identifying chip integrated into a circuit that is implanted beneath the pet’s skin. This microchip is an electronic identification for the pet, that cannot be removed and is used to trace the lost pet and reunite them with their parent.
Standard microchips are fifteen digited ISO11784 and ISO11785 and the size is that of rice grain with approximately half an inch in length and two mm in diameter.
These implanted pet accessories are very useful since many animal shelters, veterinary clinics, animal clubs, and pet rescue groups scan them to mark pet’s identification and return lost pets to their parents.
The United Kingdom was the very first to introduce pet microchipping in 1989.
Purpose of Pet Microchipping
Acquiring a Unique Identification Number for the pet through an activated microchip
Confirmation and match of vaccination record of the pet against the chip number
Before any international travel/relocation of the pet
Tracing the pet via scanner at a veterinary clinic or by animal rescue groups in case they run away or are lost
Confirmation and proof of ownership details of pet parents
Easy and swift reach to the pet parent in case the pet meets an unfortunate situation
The advantage of data collection of pets
Inclusion of pet in national pet database for surveys
Although microchips are essential before any international pet relocation, they should be implanted in all pets irrespective of whether they are travelling or not.
Many countries require mandatory microchipping in imported pets to match their vaccination records with the pet’s unique identification number. Hence, it is always recommended to get the pet microchipped before getting them vaccinated.
For many pet parents, the question of when to get their pets microchipped is very common. Ideally, the pet should be microchipped before being adopted. However, upon scanning, if the pet is found to not have been microchipped before, then it should be done as soon as possible.
Process of Pet Microchipping
The microchip is generally implanted in the pet by a veterinary doctor or an animal shelter professional. In dogs and cats specifically, the chip is inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades.
The chip is implanted in the pet with the help of an injection needle and does not take much time as the insertion takes about a few seconds only. Microchipping process is easy, swift, and in almost all cases, not painful.
Phew… thinking is it over yet? The process of successful microchipping does not end here!!
Once the chip is inserted in the pet, the shelter or the clinic records the unique identification number as a part of the pet registry. The implanted microchip is activated with the help of a scanner, that emits radio waves and makes the chip transmit the identification number on the display screen.
The most important step in the process is the pet registry against the microchip identification number. The microchip registration form is filled and sent to either the chip manufacturer, the pet recovery service provider, or the national database, depending upon the country’s regulations.
Pet parents are required to include valid and relevant details of pet microchipping and provide their contact information with a continuous update in case of either moving or changing their primary contact. They can do this either online through websites that provide such provision or get in touch with the professional or clinic that microchipped their pet.
Also, the pet parents are advised to ask their veterinary doctor to scan the pets’ microchips every time they visit the clinic. This should be done to confirm that the implanted microchip in the pet remains activated.
Hence, if a microchipped dog or cat is missing or lost, and is handed over to a pet rescue service or veterinarian, their microchip can be scanned and through the pet’s registered unique identification number, the pet parent can be contacted on the registered contact information.
There is a common but false notion among people that once their pet is microchipped, the entire process is complete. However, the chip will be rendered useless and unavailable for scanning if the registration is incomplete or the form is not submitted with the relevant authorities
Microchipping over tags and collars
Though collars and tags have been used for a long for pet identification, they can only be used within an area where the sample universe of pets is lesser.
Also, during pet travel or in areas with a larger pet population, the collars or tags can easily fall off or be removed by miscreants if the pet ventures out unsupervised. In such cases, there is a high possibility that the pet will be lost.
Hence, in addition to pet collars or tags, it is always advisable for the pet parent to get their pet microchipped as soon as possible.
Microchips cannot be removed or replaced and are the most reliable and definite way of tracing the lost pet. Also, this is a confirmation of pet parent’s legitimate ownership that cannot be questioned.
Yet another point to be noted is that, even if the pet is microchipped, a collar with a tag always acts as additional precautionary gear. This will be useful in case of a person who is unaware of pet microchipping finds the lost pet, they would quickly reach out to the mentioned address or contact number on the collar worn by the pet.
As a part of the overall safety of the pet, pet parents are advised to adopt both measures – getting the pet microchipped, with a tagged collar around.
Carry My Pet, which is a leading International and Domestic Pet Relocation company, based out of Delhi, India, offers a variety of services and Pet Microchipping is one of them. Professionals at Carry My Pet have collaborated with the very best veterinarian and animal rescue groups across Pan India to provide the service of pet microchipping at an affordable price.
So, in case you are thinking about getting your pet to travel internationally, don’t get your pet microchipped yet or fear losing them because they are too excited and jumpy all the time. Get in touch with Carry My Pet to experience a hassle-free and smooth service.