ID Chips

What’s a microchip? 

A microchip is a tiny device, slightly bigger than a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin on the back of a pet’s neck, just in front of the shoulder blades. Each microchip has a unique number which can be read with a scanner. This number matches a record on a database which contains the owner’s contact details so that they can be contacted straightaway and reunited with their pet. 

How’s it done and does it hurt? 

A special device is used to inject the microchip under the skin. It’s a quick procedure that shouldn’t hurt any more than a regular vaccination.  

Where can I get it done? 

Your local vet should be able to microchip your pet and it usually costs around £20-£30. Blue Cross and other animal charities will be offering this service free of charge at our hospitals and centres. Contact your nearest one for more information. 

Why is microchipping so important? 

Animal charities and local authorities use scanners to check stray animals for microchips. If they don’t have one it’s almost impossible to reunite them with their family. By microchipping your pet, you’ve got a much higher chance of seeing them again if they go missing and it would mean fewer animals were destroyed because no home can be found for them.  

It is not only important for cats to be returned to their owners and fewer having to be destroyed or passed on to already overstretched rescue centres. It would also allow the owners to be identified easily where allegations of cruelty are being investigated. 
 

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