Why Microchipping Your Pet Is A Good Idea

If your pet isn’t micro-chipped and registered yet, you should consider doing this. There are many benefits, such as:

  • In case your pet ran away it is quickly identified and can be reunited with you.
  • Its insertion is fast and an almost painless procedure.
  • If you want to travel with your pet abroad, it is required that your pet has got a permanent ID.
  • Insertion is quite cheap.

One cave at: After your pet has been chipped, do not forget to register online  with the web service specified in your home country!

Watch how a microchip is implanted and how it works here as an example for the US service “HomeAgain”


Nowadays, technology has made things a little easier. Microchip implants, for example, have made identifying a lost pet as simple as waving a wand over a pet’s back. Information on the microchip gives an animal shelter or veterinarian access to the owner’s contact information. With that, a reunion can be little more than a phone call away.

Once the chip is inserted, an animal is registered into the computer system and is then usually listed on a website such as 24 Pet Watch. It is then recognizable nearly anywhere there is a microchip scanner — even internationally.

In addition to microchips, GPS collars are available for purchase on the Internet and in some pet stores.


GPS collars can be connected to your smartphone, GPS device or in-car navigation and in case your pet got stray from home all you need to do is driving around the area. Unfortunately, reaching distance is usually only up to 1 mile and batteries won’t live forever, also, pets may lose them. (See here for GPS pet collars in the UK)

If you would like to travel with your pet abroad, identification via microchip is nowadays the norm. The microchip number is registered within the pet passport which is required for instance in Europe under the PET Travel Scheme.

Micro chipping is done by veterinarians and through micro-chipping clinics set up through organizations, like the DogTrust (UK) or the Humane Society (US).

8 Responses to Why Microchipping Your Pet Is A Good Idea

  1. Chris August 5, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Microchipping is a good idea and very beneficial for dogs. Whatever you describe about Microchipping’s benefit that is right. It should use for pets. It provides relax to all pet owner.

  2. Ruan
    February 14, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I agree; having our pets microchipped is probably the best idea since peanut butter! This way, should your pet land up at a vet, they can scan for a chip and get the owner’s details, voila!

    I wonder… Can any pet get microchipped, even sensitive ones like cats? And is there a minimum age before one should have this done?

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Dr Ellen May 8, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Hi Ruan!
      Microchipping is most likely going to become compulsary here in the UK, there are already campaigns from the dogtrust initiated to get owners to microchip their pets.
      And yes, cats/ kittens can be chipped without problems, it is usually done at the time of their first or second vaccination.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Julie November 7, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    This is really a great idea. I just read a story about a cat who went missing but was found because she got a microchip that was easily scanned by a vet who found her. She was then reunited with her owner.

  4. Deakin Vet July 13, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Microchip on your dog will prevent it from being lost and be reunited with you once it escapes from your yard.

  5. Pet Travel June 11, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I have found that by micro chipping my dog I have a greater peace of mind in general. Some people have said that it is cruel but it really is a good idea. I would not have a pet without it, and I happen to think it shows that you care!

  6. Kanwal March 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    If your dog had a microchip, then an animal shelter or pound could scan his information and reunite the two of you. Microchipping is a better, more reliable way to locate your pet. Its a great product.

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