pet-microchip-7It is a tiny capsule weighing about half a gram and has the size of a rice grain. When scanned, it presents a unique 15-digit number which represents the electronic identity of your dog. This number can retrieve both the dog’s (breed, etc) and the owner’s personal information which is registered on the veterinary services database. This is the most reliable method of electronic identification and is used around the world. The microchip can be read with a compatible scanner at a local veterinary clinic, anywhere in the world.

microchipGet-your-pet-microchippedIn case you lose your dog, the microchip is the most reliable way to find it. Announcing it to veterinarians in the area, sticking announcements or advertising in newspapers, magazines or on the internet will help, however, the surest way of finding your lost dog is through the microchip. Moreover, if your lost dog is missing for a long period of time or it is stolen, the microchip is a proof that the dog officially belongs to you. This 15-digit number is the most certain and legal way to prove that the dog is yours!

The nametag has indeed many advantages. It is the quickest way for a dog to be found. Most people will easily call the number on the nametag instead of driving the found dog to a local vet to check it for a microchip. Have in mind that vets won’t even charge for the microchip scan. 

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Microchipping dogs does not only make it easier for the lost dog to be identified and for its owners to be found, but it mainly helps to deal with the phenomenon of stray animals and to prevent the abandonment of pets, thus creating a sense of responsibility among owners.

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It is such a tiny chip that your dog won’t feel it at all! It is placed with a syringe by a vet , just like with the annual vaccination, only with a little thicker needle. It is usually placed between the dog’s shoulder blades, so there is no discomfort for the animal.

 

According to Cyprus legislation, all dogs older than 6 months of age have to carry a microchip. At the same time, the database of the veterinary services will be updated through your vet, with your dog’s details as well as your own personal details. After the registration with the veterinary services, you must register the dog at your local community/municipality. 

The microchip can also be implanted at an earlier age. Your vet can suggest whether a puppy can be microchipped.

Scientific research clearly demonstrates that the microchip does not cause any health problems or any discomfort during the life of the dog. Both the microchip and the scanner check at the vet do not transmit any radiation.

The average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around 40 euros. However, this expense would seem minor to you if you consider that it will get your loving pet back to you after it has been missing from home!