Did you know that some exotic pets can also be microchipped? A surprising number of tortoises find themselves lost in the summertime, after managing to wander off from their sunny garden. Luckily, a microchip can help reunite you with your pet should this ever happen.
A microchip is a very small piece of technology – roughly the same size as a grain of rice – which is inserted within the tortoise’s loose skin near the back leg. The chip carries a unique code which can be read using a specialist scanner. When entered into a national database of domestic pets, this code will bring up your contact details and identify you as the owner.
The computerised database can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that no matter when your pet might wander a little too far from home, the relevant animal authorities will be able to scan them and get in touch with you straight away.
The specialist microchip scanners that reveal your pet’s code, and subsequently your contact details, are only held by specific authorities including all veterinary practices, rescue shelters and animal welfare charities such as the RSPCA.
The microchipping procedure is very quick, lasting only a few seconds, and can be carried out almost painlessly. Many pets are not even aware that it has happened. Your pet can be chipped during a routine consultation, or during a surgical procedure if you let us know in advance.
It’s a small price to pay for the knowledge that your pet can be traced and returned to you in the event that they ever go missing. In the unfortunate event that your pet has gone missing, Parkvets will do their very best to help during this difficult time. We will take advantage of social media to help spread the word and keep a log of your pet’s details at all Parkvets practice locations.
For more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment for your pet, please call us on 0208 300 8111.