If you have ever had a pet go missing, no doubt you will clearly remember the feeling of anxiety, panic and complete helplessness. Last year alone, Petlog assisted with over 108,000 lost & found pet calls in the UK.
Pets can become lost whilst out walking, gates can be accidentally left open or, worst of all, they can be stolen.
If your pet ends up lost with no permanent form of identification, tracing your details can become impossible. However, if your pet has a microchip, any of the agencies handling missing and stray pets can scan the microchip, call the Central Microchip Reunification Number and obtain your details to quickly reunite you with your pet. One simple injection means lifetime protection for your pet.
What is Microchip Technology?
Microchip technology involves a tiny pre-programmed microchip being implanted under the skin of your pet. Should your pet then become lost, a scanner is used to activate and read the chip to identify your details on a UK-wide pet owners database, such as Petlog
A microchip is the size of a large grain of rice (11mm x 2mm), encased in a biocompatible glass, and covered by a special coating called Parylene C that allows tissue fibres to grow around the microchip holding it in place.
How does a microchip work?
Cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets are microchipped between the shoulder blades, just below the surface of the skin. Although a larger needle is used than in conventional injections, it has been designed in such a way that the animal should experience no more discomfort than with a conventional injection.
The chip is passive, has an indefinite life, requires no batteries, is biocompatible, impermeable and chemically stable.
What is a microchip scanner?
A pet microchip scanner is usually a small handheld device the size of a large calculator that is tuned to the frequency of the implanted microchip.
Pet microchip scanners are used by veterinary practices, animal welfare groups, dog control officers, local authority personnel and all independent microchip implanters. All of these professionals are trained to implant and scan pet microchips and are registered with Pet ID and Petlog
Registration on Petlog
Once your pet is microchipped, it is registered onto Petlog. If any of your details change you must keep Petlog informed so that your details on the database are up to date, and if lost, your pet can be re united with you. Should your pet become lost, it can then be scanned with a handheld scanner by animal wardens, vets or animal shelter staff. They can then quickly identify your pet by contacting Petlog to obtain the owner’s details.
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