Sadly, it is estimated that 250,000 pets go missing every year. Even with the greatest care in the world there is always a risk of being part of that number.
Having a pet microchipped, with the owner's up-to-date contact details registered alongside the microchip number to a database, has been shown to greatly increase the chance that a lost or stolen pet will make it home. Collar identification tags are an important and legal requirement for dogs in England and Wales, but they can fall off, break or be removed. This cannot happen to a microchip. As a permanent method of identification it will normally last the lifetime of your pet. A microchip is around the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted underneath the skin between the shoulder blades. Once the microchip has been inserted your pet won’t even notice it is there.
If a local authority, veterinary practice or rescue recovers your pet and scans for a microchip, finding one will mean your pet is reunited with you quickly and easily. A microchip is totally inactive until a scanner is passed over it. The energy sent out by the scanner enables the microchip to transmit it's unique identification number. This is completely safe. Pet and owner details are registered alongside the unique microchip number on a pet microchip database - we use Petlog for UK registrations because of their high data protection standards as well as their vast experience in dealing with lost and found pets. For the Republic of Ireland, our microchips are offered in conjunction with the Irish Kennel Club dog database. Once an authorised person knows your pet's unique microchip number, a quick call or search on the database will allow them to obtain your contact details. Keeping your contact details up to date is crucial to ensure your pet is returned safely, without this the microchipping system can be rendered useless and under the compulsory microchipping regulations introduced across the UK, keepers have a legal obligation to do so.
petDetect supply the renowned Trovan Microchip. With 25 years of experience behind the design, they are manufactured in the EU to the highest six-sigma standards as well being fully ISO 11784/11785 compliant. You can be assured you are making the best choice for your pet by asking for a petDetect microchip.
Microchipping dogs is compulsory in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Some exotic species must also be microchipped under the Convention in International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) agreement.