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You can now have your pet microchipped at the Roscrea
SPCA Shop on Rosemary Street, Roscrea.
Call Caroline for more information 087 790 9064
If your pet strays, and is lucky enough to be taken-in by a kind person, it may remain unidentified for days or even weeks, causing much distress to you, your family and your pet.
Micro-chipping is a simple and effective way to make sure that your pet can be easily identified should you become separated.
A small microchip, (about the size of a grain of rice) is inserted under the loose skin on the back of your pet’s neck. This coded chip remains a permanent means of identification of your pet.
This provides your pet with a secure proof of identity – unlike collar tags, which can get lost or be taken off!
Your pet is registered on a national database, and a hand-held scanner at the nearest veterinary surgery or dog pound can easily read the chip when your pet is found, and you will be reunited.
Microchipping is available inIreland,and Roscrea SPCA would recommend it for your pets.
Microchips for pets are about the size of a rice grain and are placed beneath the skin at a specific point by injection. Encoded on a the chip is a specific code number unique to the pet which is registered along with details of it’s breed, sex, age and most importantly the owners name, address and telephone numbers. Remember, if you change address and/or telephone number you should immediately notify the database of your new details.
The main benefit of having your pet microchipped is that should he/she get lost a vet or warden with a handheld scanner can identify him/her and contact you. Another benefit is, should there be a dispute of ownership, this is a quick and reliable way to establish the rightful owner. It is very easy for a pet to get lost. They may wander away through an open gate or scale over a wall or fence and become lost. They might chase after wildlife or be separated during a walk with the owner.
An identity disc or tag can do the same job, but a collar or disc can fall off or be removed and over years the writing or engraving tends to wear and become difficult to read. A combination of a microchip and an identity tag is best.
Information on the microchip can only be read with a special scanner, which vets and wardens are equipped with, and every lost animal is checked for the presence of a microchip.
Another reason to consider microchipping a pet would be if someone was considering availing of the new passports for pets scheme which has recently become an option under a pilot scheme basis. One of the first things that must be done is to have a microchip implanted.
If you would like to know more about pet microchipping, please contact your vet.