What is a pet microchip?
animal microchip is a kind of micro electronic chip placed under the skin of an animal, using passive radio frequency identification and micro-power integrated circuit technology, and made through a special packaging process, the size of which is smaller than a grain of rice.
The animal microchip contains a globally unique animal ID code, which is managed by the International Commission on Animal Coding (ICAR) and distributed in China by the China Article Numbering Centre. PetConnect is an authorised unit that provides pet microchips to the community. A pet implanted with a pet microchip is equivalent to having a permanent ID card, which is bound to the owner’s information after registration.
The technology of pet microchip is not complicated, this technology is called RFID (abbreviation of Radio Frequency Identification), that is, radio frequency identification, commonly known as electronic tag. This technology is widely used in a variety of occasions, such as logistics, baggage handling, access control, etc. will use RFID. its advantage is that the chip itself does not need batteries, can be made very small, low cost, but also can be used in high-speed movement of the object.
Identification chip by the scanner signal generated by the inductive current, rely on these energies, will be stored in the chip to send out the information, and be received and recognised by the scanner, which is to identify the chip itself without batteries.
However, people who want to know where their pets are sneaking around at any time may be disappointed, because RFID itself can’t do positioning. To achieve the positioning function you have to use a collar with a GPS system, the dog’s whereabouts can be monitored at any time. But compared to the RFID chip, GPS dog collar price is much more expensive, and the weight is not small, small dogs may be carrying all the effort.
In short, a pet microchip is more like an ID for your pet than a tracker.
Why you Should Microchipping Your own Pet?
Traditional pet identification methods such as ear tags and hang tags are old and outdated, and are easy to lose, have little information and are complicated to modify. Pet microchips are implanted into the pet’s body, so there is no problem of loss. More and more animal breeders or rescue groups are now injecting kittens or puppies with pet microchips before sending them to new homes for easy identification.
An implanted microchip for pets is a chip that stores information. Basic information about the pet is stored and contained in a small, smooth, non-rejecting glass body that is placed in a hypodermic needle. Once the animal has been injected with the microchip, the chip, which carries a unique global animal identification code, serves as the pet’s electronic ID card for the rest of its life, and it can be identified at all times without being lost, altered or stolen. Through the identification of the chip information and the collaborative management of the back-end database, the birth, feeding, quarantine, veterinary medicine, nutrition, disease and other information of the animal can be written and read, so as to achieve the automatic identification and analysis of the pet’s genealogy, identity, owner and their lifetime breeding, health, epidemic prevention and so on. The United Kingdom now requires that all dogs born in the United Kingdom should be implanted with a microchip with a unique identification code in the shoulder blade area. In most Western countries, pets, or pets travelling with tourists, are also required to be identified through microchips when they undergo customs and quarantine inspections.
The benefits of microchipping
So what are the practical benefits and uses of microchipping our pets?
Firstly, the implantation of a microchip is equivalent to providing the pet with a unique identification code, which can be used as the pet’s ID card for life.
Secondly, due to the difficulty of identification, it is difficult to accurately check the original single photo account for the animal, in addition, the cost of imitation of the existing pet account is extremely low, and it is difficult for inspectors to identify the authenticity of the account in a timely manner. The unique identification code provided by the injected chip, together with the special read/write equipment, can be used to verify the identity of the injected animal in real time, ensuring that the holder and the pet are one-to-one correspondence. Due to the very large error of the human eye in identifying animals, it is impossible to quickly and accurately identify dogs of close breeds and sizes. The implantation of the chip enables fast and accurate identification confirmation. When travelling and transporting at home and abroad, quarantine is quick and convenient.
Third, the information background saves the owner’s relevant information, after the pet is lost or stolen. The recipient can quickly contact the owner.
Fourth, when the original owner has a condition that can not continue to feed, and caring people transfer pets with microchips, it is convenient to check the pet’s previous quarantine and disease conditions, and targeted measures can be taken.
Fifth, to identify and reduce the number of stray animals in the city, there are two categories of stray animals in the city, one is lost pets and the other is born stray animals. It is difficult to confirm the identity of lost pets, so the likelihood of proactively contacting the owner of the pet is low. As for the original urban stray dogs, they can be sheltered and then the situation announced, and then adopted by caring people to avoid the risk of animal epidemic. If stray dogs are left unmanaged, it is easy to cause a canine epidemic, bringing harm or even death to the dogs. With pet microchips, lost pets can be identified in a timely manner, and stray dogs that are sheltered and then adopted by caring people are injected with microchips.
How is a microchip implanted in a pet?
Pet microchip at first listen to special high-tech special Matrix, in fact, a chip simply do not need to carry out this level of surgery to open the knife saw brain. In practice, the implantation of microchips is just like vaccination, with a syringe into the skin gently pushed, immediately fixed.
1. Will the microchip run around in the cat’s body after implantation?
The microchip injected into the cat can be seen under X-ray, the small shiny rod is, it will only stay obediently under the skin, and will not run to other places.
2. Is it safe to microchip pets? Will there be any rejection in the body?
Pet microchip has been used in many countries in Europe and the United States for more than twenty years, more than 90% of pet owners will implant a microchip in their beloved pets, which can prove that pet microchip is quite safe. Implanting a microchip is the same as giving a pet an injection, and every veterinarian can do it easily after simple training, and the whole process is faster than giving an injection. Each microchip is coated with a bio-coating that helps the microchip to “grow” under the skin, so that the pet’s body does not reject it.
3. Will the microchip fail inside the pet or need to be replaced?
The PetChip does not require an internal battery or power supply. In fact, it remains in an inactive state most of the time. When a scanning device scans over it, the chip receives enough energy and transmits the ID code back. As a result, the pet microchip has no batteries or other moving parts and does not need to be replaced. Once implanted the animal microchip stays with the pet for life.
4. My pet wears an ID neck tag, is a pet microchip still necessary?
All pets should wear an ID tag with their name and owner’s contact information. However, these tag-style neck tags are very prone to wear and tear resulting in unclear information and can easily slip off. Pet microchips are currently the only permanent way to identify your pet, with an internal, globally unique ID code that cannot be altered or erased. Pet microchips are more permanent than name tags, which are easily worn out in the outside world. However, not every household will have a scanning machine capable of scanning pet microchips, making it a bit difficult to obtain pet information without one. An ID tag with the owner’s information is still a good idea, especially for pets that go outside.