Is your pet a member of our Healthy Pets Club?
If your pet strays, it may remain unidentified for days or even weeks, causing much distress to you, your family and your pet.
- Micro-chipping is a simple and effective way to make sure that your pet can be easily identified should you become separated.
- A small microchip, (about the size of a grain of rice) is inserted under the loose skin on the back of your pet's neck. This coded inserted chip remains a permanent means of identification of your pet.
- This provides your pet with a secure proof of identity - unlike collar tags, which can get lost or be taken off!
- Your pet is registered on a national database, and a hand-held scanner at the nearest veterinary surgery or dog pound can easily read the chip when your pet is found and you will be reunited.
Micro chipping is available in Ireland and Cara Veterinary Group recommend it for your pets. Microchips for pets are about the size of a rice grain and are placed beneath the skin at a specific point by injection. Encoded on a the chip is a specific code number unique to the pet which is registered along with details of it's breed, sex, age and most importantly the owners name, address and telephone numbers.
The main benefit of having them are that should your pet ever be lost or a dispute over ownership arise there is a quick and reliable way to establish the rightful owner. Pets can stray out of a garden when a gate is left open or it they manage to scale the wall or fence; they may be distracted on a walk and disappear away after wildlife or with other pets; sometimes they are injured while out on their own and they are brought to us. It is very upsetting for us to have an animal brought in having been found wandering and having no way of identifying it although it may obviously be somebody's well loved pet.
An identity disc or tag can do the same job but a collar or disc can fall off or be removed and over years the writing or engraving tends to wear and become difficult to read. Information on the microchip can only be read with a special scanner which we and all vets are equipped with and every lost animal is checked for the presence of a microchip.
A combination of a microchip and an identity tag is probably the best solution to the problem.
Another reason to consider micro chipping a pet would be if someone was considering availing of the new passports for pets scheme which has recently become an option under a pilot scheme basis. One of the first things that must be done is to have a microchip implanted so it may give someone one less thing to do under the scheme while still giving the benefits mentioned above.
To book an appointment for your pet, call us on 01 885 3253.