Part of responsible pet ownership
At Sussex Coast, we believe microchipping is part of responsible pet ownership and therefore we provide a free microchip with our Pet Health Club or Puppy and Kitten Vaccination packages.
Microchips have been present worldwide for over twenty years now, and it is a widely accepted practice to chip your pet as the sole means of identification. It will take only minutes to administer and log your pet onto the database. You might as well use this useful piece of technology for the peace of mind that you get from knowing your pet will be reunited with you should they be lost.
A microchip is a very small radio frequency identification transponder (the size of a grain of rice, the basmati kind) which is surrounded in an inert sterile glass capsule. It is aseptically inserted via a special syringe just under the skin between the shoulders usually while the animal is conscious. In fact most pets do not even know they have had the implantation. The chip will remain just under the skin for your pet’s entire life.
A small hand held scanner emits radio waves which will detect the chip. The scanner will read a fifteen digit number unique to the chip which is logged onto a national computerised database with the owners contact details. If you need to change these details, for example if you decide to relocate, simply get in touch with database online or by post. Scanners are found in all vet surgeries, animal shelters and rescue centres.
Microchips are handy not only for lost and found animals but also for pet passports since they will accurately identify the pet to the official paperwork. The chips themselves cannot be removed easily unless by surgical intervention so it makes it a sure fire way of identification. Cats in particular can also use the chip to access the newer cat flaps which read the chip to allow the flap to open, enabling only your cat to enter your home. The flap can allow for more than one chip to be read in the case of multi-cat households. This technology solves the problem of other unwanted house guests.
As the years go by, like most new technologies, the identichip is becoming more widespread and therefore cheaper. Most veterinary surgeries charge a small fee and animal shelters will provide the chip within the costs of adoption. At Sussex Coast Vets we include microchips as part of our popular Pet Health Club. Remember we all want to encourage the use of chips.
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