frequently asked questions
Can the microchip harm my pet?
No. The microchip must be inserted by a veterinarian. It does not move around in the body and it does not harm the pet.
Can the microchip track my pet's location?
No, the microchip does not send out signals that can be traced by a tracking device or picked up via satellite. Your pet's location cannot be tracked with the microchip.
How do I get my pet microchipped?
Your pet needs to be microchipped at the veterinarian or welfare organization. The microchips are individually packaged in a sterile syringe, and a veterinarian simply injects it under the skin between the shoulder blades. When the microchip is injected, owners need to complete a registration form with all contact details and the pet's details. One copy of the form goes to the owner, one copy to the vet and one copy goes to the microchip company. Microchipping is done at the owner’s expense.
Is it painful to insert a microchip?
No more than any inoculation.
What happens if my pet does not have a microchip?
Microchipping is not a requirement on your policy, however, it is an integral part of identifying your fur-kid at a veterinary institution should they get lost, and we absolutely advocate microchipping. Microchipping is done at the owner’s expense. Go to www.identipet.co.za for more information on the value of microchipping your pet for easy identification.
What happens if my pet gets lost?
If your pet gets lost someone will take them to a veterinarian or pet welfare organization to be scanned. The scanner picks up the microchip number and shows it on a screen. This microchip number is then phoned through or sent by SMS message to the microchip company. Within a minute or two a message is received back with the pet owner's name and phone numbers.
What if my pet is found by someone who does not have a scanner to read a microchip?
Most veterinarians in South Africa are equipped to scan all animals whether they are pets or lost, abandoned or stolen. All branches of the SPCA, as well as Animal Welfare Organizations are supplied with scanners to assist them in the identification of pets. If someone finds your pet it must be taken to the nearest veterinarian or welfare organization to be scanned.
What is a microchip and why do I need one?
Microchips are as big as a grain of rice and are injected under the loose skin in the neck area. The microchip has a unique number coded into it and is read by means of a scanner. The purpose is to quickly and efficiently identify pets and return them to their owners should they become lost.
Where can I find out more information on Microchipping?
Go to www.identipet.co.za