A pet microchip is a small inexpensive implant about the size of a grain of rice, containing an identification number which is uniquely registered to your address. It is implanted by a quick relatively painless injection into the skin on the back of your pet's neck. If lost, you have a much better chance of having your pet returned to you. Vets, pounds and rescue centres now scan stray pets routinely for their microchip number and it is very easy to check up the owner's address details on a central secure database. It is still a good idea to have a pet name tag on your pet's collar also.
The best people to implant the microchip are professionally trained veterinary and nursing staff. It is important that the microchip is implanted correctly so it is easily found again and to avoid hitting vital blood vessels or the spinal cord - vans and pet shops are not really a sensible place to carry this out in case something were to go wrong. Remember also, only your vet has a duty of care to make sure the address is correctly registered online to the microchip number - there have been a number of instances where outside parties have microchipped the pet but failed to register the chip number, rendering the microchip useless.
We have microchipped thousands of pets at All Creatures over the last 12 years and rarely see any problems - there may be some short term discomfort at the site of the injection. We now offer a much smaller mini chip compared to the original standard chip, making the process now almost painless.
Virtually any animal can be microchipped. We especially recommend that you have your cat microchipped as cats tend to be much more free roaming than dogs. Over the years we have also microchipped horses (for passport documents), rabbits, parrots, ferrets and iguanas. Your pet must also be microchipped before we can issue a pet passport if you are thinking of travelling abroad with your pet.
The best one, of course, Pet Log (there are a number of other more obscure databases).