More and more pets are returning home months, even years after going missing or living stray, due to having been microchipped.
If your pet suddenly doesn't come home, it can be devastating and upsetting.
If s/he goes missing and is microchipped though, a quick scan (which can be done at any vets) will tell the finder address details, and the chances of him or her being returned are significantly increased.
Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.
Pets are lost without it
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.
While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.
How it works
A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code.
The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.
You must make sure the database you are registered with has your up-to-date contact details.
All cats and dogs rehomed by the RSPCA are microchipped.