Since 2018, microchipping your pet has been a legal requirement. However, it is, fortunately, a much better alternative than completely losing a dog or cat.
If a lost dog is found and returned to a veterinary clinic or dog warden, it can be scanned using a microchip scanner. This produces a unique identification number with information about the owner, ultimately making it much easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners.
Furthermore, microchipping is a simple process and has plenty of benefits.
A small needle is given to the animal between the shoulder blades. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and the actual service is relatively painless and swift.
The law states that canine microchipping must take place by eight weeks of age; however, cats can be microchipped from 5 weeks. This difference is most likely due to the different anatomies of dogs and cats, meaning it is safe to insert a microchip into a cat at a younger age than to insert it into a dog at a younger age.