How does a microchip work?

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Microchips are tiny electronic devices, the size of a grain of rice, that are injected under the skin of cats and dogs with a hypodermic needle. Once injected under the skin, the microchip becomes encased by a thin layer of protein which anchors it in place for the rest of the life of your pet. When a scanner is passed over the skin, it emits radiofrequencies that activate the chip, which transmits a unique identification number back to the scanner. The number can then be compared against a database to locate the animal’s owner if necessary.

 

What we can do

If your pet is lost and brought to a veterinary centre, local authority or welfare group, they will be scanned to see if they have a microchip. After the scan the vet will consult a database to find a matching number and thereby obtain your contact details. If your pet has been microchipped, it can then be returned to you easily and quickly.  It is very important to keep your contact details on the microchip up to date and to notify the database provider of any change of contact details.

 

Dogs need to be microchipped

Since 31st March 2016, it has become a legal requirement for dog owners to have their dog microchipped and registered to a government approved database. Failure to microchip a dog will expose the owner to court action and fines of up to €5,000.