Identification and traceability are important parts of responsible pet ownership. A microchip provides permanent identification for your pet and gives them the best chance of being reunited with you, should they happen to go missing.
Virtually any pet can be fitted with an identity microchip, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, snakes, parrots, fish, and even tortoises! Every year, thousands of pets are reunited with their owners because they have been microchipped.
What is a microchip and how does microchipping work?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted just under the skin of dogs and cats. The chip is implanted by an injection between the shoulder blades. The microchip is pre-programmed with an identification number that is read by a microchip scanner. This identification number is registered on a database.
Does South Africa have microchipping laws?
Since April 2016, all dog owners in the UK had to have their dogs microchipped and recorded on a government-compliant microchip database. Unfortunately, there is no such legislation in South Africa, and it is up to the pet owner to do it. Have your pet microchipped at your local vet practice that will register your pet on South Africa’s National Animal Database. They do this for many types of microchips, including Virbac’s Backhome microchip.
Travelling with your pet
If you travel with your pet, make sure that it is:
What to do if your pet is lost or missing
If you are trying to find a lost dog, walk around the area the dog went missing with a lead, some treats, and maybe the dog’s favourite toy. The scents of all these things may bring your lost dog back to you.