Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy your visit, and maybe even decide to stay! This will, I hope, be the first of many posts, and in honour of June being “National Microchip Month”, I wanted to talk (or write?) a little about micro-chipping.
First, the important part, in the UK, Petlog is the largest microchip database, and throughout June pet owners can check & amend their contact details for free.
A microchip is a small device (people often say they’re about the size of a grain of rice, though I’d be pedantic and say they’re a little wider), which holds an identification number, which is linked to the owners details via a database. They are often called an “RFID chip”, which stands for “Radio Frequency Identification”. The type of microchips used to identify our pets are “passive”, meaning they have no power source and are designed to act only when they are acted upon (by the microchip reader).
A lot of people worry that implanting a microchip in an animal hurts it, and I can honestly say after witnessing several animals (dogs and rabbits) being micro-chipped, it seems to cause no more discomfort than a vaccination.
In the UK, micro-chipping is currently not compulsory, though in New Zealand, all dogs born since July 1st 2006 need to be micro-chipped.
I think micro-chipping is an awesome thing, because as long as the owners details are kept up-to-date, if a pet goes missing, or is stolen, it can easily be proved who it’s owner is and they can be reunited. Just recently I was watching one of the “Animal Cops” series of programmes on Animal Planet, and an owner was reunited five years after the dog had been stolen, simply because the dogs’ chip was checked. On the BBC News website there are two stories about pets who were re-united with their families after three months, and five years away from their families.
What are your opinions on microchips (or any other form of permanent pet identification), or do you have any stories about them?