Your dog or cat probably already has a collar with name tags carrying your contact information. But what might happen if they run away without the collar? Or if the collar gets stuck or drops somewhere while your pet is enjoying their newfound freedom? Well, that’s when you’ll be thankful for a pet microchip implant. Here’s what you need to know about getting one.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is the size of a grain of rice. It is a radio-frequency identification transponder made up of just a few components. There’s no battery and no moving parts, nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace.
How is the chip implanted?
The microchip is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. Implantation only takes a few seconds, the procedure being similar to a routine vaccination. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip’s ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip. Remember to keep your contact information up to date whenever you move or change phone numbers.
Why should my pet have it?
Only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. The microchip will last about 25 years, which is enough for most pets. (There are some pet birds, for example, that live a lot longer than that.)
How much does it cost?
The chip can be injected during a routine vet visit and it will cost a few dozen euros. In addition to that, there is a registration fee (usually around 10-20 euros).