Microchipping is a means of electronic identification which can be used on a whole range of domestic species from horses to tortoises.
How Does It Work?
A small microchip, the size of a small grain of rice, is implanted under the skin via a needle. In dogs and cats the microchip is placed under the skin on the nape of the neck. The device carries a unique barcode number that can be picked up when a scanner is passed over the animal. The animal and owner details are then entered onto a nationwide central database.
What Happens If The Animal Strays?
If the animal should ever be lost or stray and be taken to a dog warden or become injured and be taken to a vet, scanning will reveal the barcode and, on contacting the database, the owner’s details can then be retrieved.
Microchipping is the only DEFRA approved means of pet identification and is a requirement if you intend to take your pet abroad under the PETS travel scheme.