Microchip in dogs and cats: everything you need to know

Anyone who has a dog or cat at home will know that the implantation of the famous microchip it is a matter of vital importance when it comes to living with some pets. Generally speaking, this device was born due to the need to justify ownership of each animal company, as well as its identification in the system.

Thus, with the passage of time, it became a mandatory measure throughout Spain, which must be completed by a veterinarian within a minimum period of three months from birth. In fact, experts advise that the animal is already a month and a half or two months old to put the chip on it. Although there really is no age limit.

For those who are not yet familiar with this system or will need to tackle it in a few weeks, this microchip is nothing more than a soft glass capsule the size of a grain of rice, or even smaller, and what is biocompatible with the organism of the animal, that is to say, it does not cause allergy or any reaction. What’s more, is placed only once and remains in your body forever.

Microchip in cats and dogs

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As explained by the Society for the Conservation of Nature and Animals (@nacsinfo), dogs and cats are not the only ones who must be identified with the microchip. Vietnamese ferrets, horses, parrots, macaws and pigs They must also include this device, even if they do not leave the house.

And it is that this system not only serves to know the data of the animal, it also shows the sanitary certifications (vaccines, deworming, absence of infectious diseases …) and its legality. However, for many the most important thing is that, in case of loss or theft, any veterinarian will know in a matter of seconds your personal data, which facilitates the return of your beloved pet.

Only one reader will have to pass through the implantation area, which is usually the left side of the neck, and enter the numeric code (similar to our ID) in a database, which will take you to your identification card. But how does this procedure really work? As we have seen previously, it must be done by a veterinarian, who will introduce the microchip with the help of an injector in the animal’s body. The capsule will pass through the skin by means of a plunger, all without causing any pain.