Microchipping Your Pet

As a responsible pet owner, you should send your pet for microchipping. Microchipping ensures that your pet can be traced and returned to you if it is lost.

What is a microchip?
A microchip is a tiny transponder, the size of a grain of rice. It is a permanent identification system that is implanted under the pet's skin and read by a microchip scanner. We strongly recommend that it conforms to ISO (International Standards Organisation) standards 11784 or 11785.

How is microchipping done?
The implantation is done with an injector that places the microchip under the loose skin between the pet's shoulder blades. The microchip, when scanned, will reveal a code that is unique to the pet. By consulting the appropriate microchip registry database, relevant information, including the pet's owner, breeder, emergency contact, even health problems and food requirements, can be obtained.

Why is microchip recommended?
Microchipped pets have the best chance of being returned to its owner, should it get lost. Most owners do not expect to lose their pet, and when they do, it becomes their worst nightmare. Recall the number of times you have seen "LOST PET' signs in your neighbourhood. There are also many advertisements in the newspapers every week put in by distraught owners appealing to the public to help them locate or return their beloved lost pets.

Whist it is important to provide your pet with some form of visible identification such as a collar tag or a tattoo, microchips provide one of the surest way of identification and hence recovery of a lost pet. This is because tags all too often come loose and are lost. Tattoos may fade or blur over time. Tattoos are also difficult to find on a lost, frightened pet, reluctant to let strangers search its body for identification. Microchips provide the best form of permanent identification for your pet, which can be easily scanned.

Increasingly, caring pet owners are using microchips to assure that if their pets are ever lost, they will be found and returned as quickly as possible. Responsible breeders are also making use of microchips to assure that the puppies they sell will be identified and appropriate action taken if they are ever lost or, for any reason, turned over to an animal shelter or pound.

Important: You'll need to register with one of the following microchip registry databases after microchipping your pet!

 Courtesy of Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. For more information, visit www.ava.gov.sg.