How Do Pet Microchips Work?

The importance of a microchip

lost cat needs a microchip - update pet microchip detailsAll responsible pet owners know the importance of microchipping and in the case of dogs, it is now the law that they are microchipped. Sadly, there are still a huge number of pets which have not been microchipped, and RSPCA statistics showed 87% of cats taken into care in 2017 were not chipped at all.

It seems that one of the issues is a lack of knowledge about how microchips actually work, and there are a few common misconceptions which are worth addressing.

A microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice, contains only a few simple components, and requires no battery, but they can be vital in locating a lost pet. However, the chip does not act like a GPS tracker like the kind you might find in a car, and it does not have your details stored directly on it.

In fact, all that is stored on the microchip is a unique ID number. When a scanner is passed over the animal’s skin, the microchip transmits the ID which can then be checked against a database where the owner’s details will be held.

Keep your details up to date

As the owner’s details are not stored directly on the microchip itself, it is vitally important to keep your details up to date on the database.

If you are unsure as to whether your details are currently correct you can either visit www.check-a-chip.co.uk or phone 02037 738 398 to find out which database your pet falls under and who to contact to check your details.

In order to update your details, you will need to know the ID contained on the chip. You should be able to find this on the paperwork you received when you had your pet chipped, on veterinary records, or your pet’s passport should you have one.

If you are not sure of your pet’s microchip ID then you may need to have them scanned to retrieve the information directly from the chip.

If you need any advice on pet microchipping or would like to have your pet microchipped, then please feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs.