If your pet goes missing, you can’t always rely on collars to bring him/her back. Collars can break or become detached, or owner and address details can become illegible. As a result, it may be impossible to trace ownership back to you when your pet is found. Your pet may be injured and need urgent medical treatment for which your consent is needed. Vets will do their best to provide emergency care but being able to contact you quickly at this critical moment can be crucial. Sadly, some pets that are not reunited with their owners may end up being euthanised.
A microchip for dogs and cats gives the best protection with a permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.
The microchip carries a unique code which identifies your pet. By entering the code into a computer database, your pet can be traced back to you. The microchip does not transmit until a special scanner is passed over your pet. Most veterinary practices and welfare organisations, including AWS(PE), have these scanners readily available to allow quick access to your contact details so you can be reunited with your pet.
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine vaccination, it takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than they would to a vaccination. No anaesthetic is required.
The cost of microchipping at AWS(PE) is R190. Please phone our office on 041 366 1660 to make a microchip booking.