An ‘identichip‘ is a tiny microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, designed to be injected under the skin of an animal. Each chip carries a unique identification code which can be scanned using a small hand-held device. Vets, dog wardens, rescue charities and other organisations dealing with lost pets are equipped with these scanners.
At implantation (a straightforward injection) owner’s details and identichip code are registered for life at a central database. When a chip is scanned in a lost pet the owner’s details can easily be found. Cats and dogs are regularly ‘identichipped’, however nearly any species can have a chip implanted.
If you have your pet ‘identichipped’ at the same time as their vaccination, there is a reduced fee.