Why Microchipping is Important and How to Do it in Malaysia?
A missing pet is one of the biggest fears faced by many pet owners. But unfortunately, every year, many pets go missing, resulting in some owners never seeing their beloved animal again. Unlike losing your mobile phone (which is easily replaceable), losing a pet is irreplaceable. However, just as smartphones can be equipped with apps that help owners find their missing phones, microchipping your pet is an effective way of greatly improving the likelihood of reuniting with your lost pet.
What is a microchip? How does it work?
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification (they are NOT tracking devices) that is around the size of a grain of rice. It is injected between your pet’s shoulder blades at the back of their neck. Each chip stores a unique identity number (like an IC number) that is detected and read by a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a database with details about the animal and its owner. Therefore, it is crucial that pet owners ensure their contact details are updated and recorded on the database alongside their pet’s microchip number so that if your pet is missing, vets, animal shelters, and local councils can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you using the database.
Although microchipping does not pinpoint the exact location of your pet, it is a procedure that can increase the recovery of lost animals provided that owners input their current contact details into a centralised, well-maintained database and the person who finds your pet locates the microchip number with the assistance of a vet.
How can you do it in Malaysia?
Many vets around Malaysia have the license to microchip your pet (a procedure that takes a few seconds and only causes slight discomfort to your pet at most). You will then need to store your contact details into a central database (PetFinder.my is a good place to do so). Typically, the cost of microchipping your pet is not expensive, with prices ranging between RM20-30.
Microchipping your pet is a fast, easy, efficient, and cheap procedure that will far outweigh the anxiety of losing your pet as well as improve the chances of a reunion in the unfortunate event that your animal goes missing.
To top off with a better peace of mind, consider equipping your pet with a tracking device too like an electronic tag that connects to your mobile phone like the Waggytag (click here to view).
No pet owners should experience losing a beloved pet and don't leave things to chance.