Microchipping is the only permanent way of identifying your dog. This means that in the unfortunate event that your pet goes missing you can be contacted and increase the chances of been reunited with your lost dog.
Why Should I microchip My Dog?
- There are many unidentified dogs put in pounds all over Ireland every day. Microchipping is the only permanent means of identifying, a collar can be taken off or a tag removed
- Microchipping is an essential step in applying for an EU Pet Passport which is compulsory for travelling.
How Does A Microchip Work?
- A microchip contains a unique 15 digit number - no two dogs will ever get the same number.
- A radio signal transmitted from a scanner is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. After the scan the vet consults a database to find a matching number and thereby obtain the owner's contact details.
How are the Owners Traced?
- If a dog is found to have a microchip, the Local Authority, vet or animal welfare organisation contacts a national database to find the owner's details. The owner then can be contacted and reunited with their dog.
- Your registration document will tell you which database has your dog registered and their contact details.
- If you need to make any changes to your dogs registered details, such as moving house, you should contact your database operator.
- Owners of microchip scanners have special access to the databases to allow them to contact you if they find your dog.