You never know when your pet might need it
One of the first things you should do when getting a new pet is to ensure that your pet is microchipped. Spare yourself the pain of your pet disappearing when your pet is not tagged and microchipped.
“Making certain your pet is microchipped is the only way to ensure that your pet will return to you. Collars and tags can get lost or be taken off, but a microchip is always present. Veterinarians, SPCA and rescue organisations do have microchip readers. If your pet gets lost, it is important to contact the microchip company. They will send an alert to the veterinarians in the area. They will also be able to contact the owner.“ explains veterinarian Dr Tessa Brouwer
What is microchipping?
A microchip is a small device, smaller than a grain of rice, which is implanted underneath the skin between the animal’s shoulder blades. Owners have to keep in mind that the microchip is not a tracking device, but purely contains a number which is linked in an online database with the contact details of the owner.
“The microchip is injected with a special needle and syringe under the skin . The injection does only hurt minimal, as the needle is large, and does not cause discomfort afterwards. Microchips can be inserted at any age. Microchips are required when flying internationally with your pet. Always ask your veterinarian that the microchip is internationally recognised. Various cheap microchips are not internationally recognised and cannot be read by most microchip readers. At Family Vet Clinic we use the safest and smallest microchip on the market, which is internationally accredited“ explains veterinarian Dr Tessa Brouwer
“The cost of microchipping is a once off payment. No subscription or membership fees are required. Microchipping is not expensive. It costs less than a consultation or a yearly vaccination“ explains veterinarian Dr Tessa Brouwer
If you take into consideration that the chip lasts your pet’s whole life, then it is an investment in your pets safety.
Keep it updated:
If you move or change any of your contact details, update your information with the chipping service as soon as possible. Various microchip brands have their own app where you immediately can update your details. That way you know that whoever finds your lost pet will be able to get in contact with you.
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