What is Microchipping?

What is Microchipping?

Taking care of a pet is a wonderful and exciting responsibility, but that doesn’t mean it comes without it’s share of rules and regulations.

Owning a dog or cat involves a number of legal requirements, one of which is microchipping. Under the Microchipping of Dog Regulations 2015, all dogs must be microchipped and registered with an approved Dog Identification Database.

Microchipping is a simple and straightforward procedure that makes it easy to recover a lost or stolen pet, reducing stress on both owner and pet alike. Using a specially designed implanting device, the microchip is inserted through a sterile needle under your pet’s skin.

Check out our blog post below on what microchipping involves, why it’s important and how it can benefit both you and your pet.

What Is A Microchip?

Microchip implants are called radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. They are tiny, about the size of a large grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and works through radio wave frequency.

Once the chip is injected under the skin of your pet, the unique number can identify your pet throughout their life once registered on an approved database. The chip can’t be lost or easily removed and hence provides a secure method for protecting your beloved four legged friend against theft.

Why Should I Get My Pet Microchipped?

Not only is it a legal requirement for dogs, but it contains a unique number which makes it a great way in identifying lost or stolen dogs. This helps increases the likelihood of said pet returning to their owner. If your pet is lost or stolen and they are not microchipped, there is no way of identifying their owner and reduces the chances of them returning home.

happy bulldog running in a field, leaping into te air as the male owner looks happily on in a blurred background
orange tabby cat wandering outdoors in a forest of green, wearing a red collar with a bell

Who Implants Microchips?

Under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015, only a qualified person may implant microchips into dogs in Ireland. To become qualified, one must either have trained as part of a recognised veterinary qualificiatios and be listed on the Veterinary Coucil of Ireland or they must be trained in accordance with Section 11 of the Regulations.

Should I Get My Cat Microchipped?

While it is not currently a legal requirement to have your cat microchipped, the benefits of microchipping still apply to our feline friends. Cats tend to be more independent than dogs and often enjoy wandaring the outdoors during the day. The same microchip is used as on dogs and all your details are recorded, so should your cat get lost on their adventures, they can be easily found again.

What Happens When A Pet Is Found?

When dogs or cats are found straying, they are collected by the local authority dog warden and kept for 7 days. If your microchipped dog goes missing and is taken in by the dog warden, your contact details will be easily found and you can come and collect them immediately, even if their collar or ID Tag have falled off.

How Do I Keep My Details Up To Date?

A microchip is a permanent form of ID and once all the details are kept up to date, you can always be contacted when your pet is found. This includes if you change address or want to register a different email or phone number for example.

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