What is the identification microchip?
The microchip is a metallic device covered by an inert capsule about the size of a rice grain which is inoculated under the skin. Once it is activated by a scanner, it transmits a single identification number for every animal.
Why should I identify my pet?
The pet identification helps to locate its owner whether the animal gets lost. The founder’s only duty is to bring the animal to a veterinarian establishment, where the real owner can be also identified in case the pet is stolen. Apart from being an obligatory duty established by the current legislation, the pet identification is an essential tool to encourage the responsible property, to ensure a strict health inspection and to control and watch the feasible epidemics in dogs and cats.
Why a microchip?
The microchip is the most widely used identification method in the world. Its application is easy, quick and painless. It is indelible, inviolable, reliable and durable. In fact, it is a small identification unit of the size of a rice grain and its composition prevents a direct contact with the animal and its displacement in the body. This microchip gives a single identification number for every animal.
Is it compulsory the identification of pets?
Yes, the Animal Protection Law of the Canary Islands and the Potentially Dangerous Animals Law establish the obligation of identifying pets and their later register in the corresponding city hall.
Where can I put a microchip on my pet?
The microchip must be inserted in a veterinarian establishment because it is a surgical action and must be done by a professional veterinary surgeon.
Could I put a microchip in all the animals?
There are many animals that can be identified by the introduction of a microchip. Although it is commonly used on dogs and cats, it can also be inserted in other animals such as horses, rodents or exotic animals.
Is the introduction painful?
The introduction of the microchip is innocuous and painless, like a small pinch. It is inserted in the subcutaneous area located in the left side of the neck, and it stays there during the whole life of the animal thanks to an anti-migration system that prevents its displacement.
At what age can my pet have the microchip inserted?
The animal can be identified through this method from at a very early age depending to its weight. Since this system helps the location of lost pets, it is recommended that they are old enough to be able to move by their own means.