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Pets - Microchipping Your Pet 

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Today, we discuss pet security and safety and demonstrate micropchipping your pet in studio.

Siobhan O'Malley, Mayo VET

Siobhan has been in practice for 3 yrs and is one of the vets featured on the brand new RTE series 'Vets on Call - (Mayo)'  due for transmission:  Friday 2nd November, RTE One, 8.30pm 

She practices in Crossmolina, Co. Mayo and became a Vet due to her absolute love of Wildlife and Nature.

When she's not up at 4am birthing animals, or wading through muddy fields, Siobhan loves treating herself to Spa treatments and topping up her shoe collection - currently sitting at 150 pairs!

The highs of her job... The wildlife, the animals, her love of nature. . .The lows... The early starts and the mud!

Microchipping your pet

Losing a pet can be a heartbreaking experience for anyone. Over the years, there have been many methods used to identify pets such as tags, collars and even tattoos. Microchipping is the first permanent method.

What is microchipping?
Microchipping means having a tiny computer chip with an identification number programmed into it, injected under the skin of your pet where it will stay forever.

Why should we microchip?
It provides a permanent and safe identification for the animal that can't be removed. It is an inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft. While other methods of identification have been invented over the years, they are by no means permanent. You can take a collar or a tag off; a tattoo can be altered or can be removed completely with ink. When pets are stolen, often their ear tattoos are cut off.
How does it work?

Does it hurt?
No more then the pet getting its annual vaccines.

What is the process?
The microchip is small enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and it is simply injected under the skin of our pets. The microchip contains a 15-digit number. It is unique to the pet - no two numbers will be the same.

What does this number tell us?
A scanner is used to read this number. Every vet and shelter has a scanner. A radio signal from the scanner reads the number through the skin of the pet. The microchip company and database will have all of the owner's information corresponding to the identification number. If your pet is picked up as a stray and he is microchipped, a quick phone call to the microchip company will have your information, and your pet will soon be home safe. There are 3 main companies in Ireland - the ISPCA, Fido and
The Irish Kennel Club.

How will the person who finds my pet know they have a micro-chip?
Your pet will have a collar tag with a 1-800 number to call on it.

How easy is it for owners to change the info if they move?
A simple phonecall to the manufacturing company and you can change the details. There is even an online form you can fill out.

Where can we get it done? For what cost?
Your veterinarian will do this for you. The fee is set by your veterinarian and is approximately

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