There was a time when the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration issued a law requiring pet parents to have their pets microchipped. They were hoping that this would help control the stray dog and cat population. But what exactly is a pet microchip? Should all pet parents microchip their little paw friends? MyFriend has answers for you right here!
A pet microchip is an injection of a small electronic component into the subcutaneous layer between a pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip can stay in your pet’s body for the rest of their lives without any side effects. Each microchip has a unique 15-digit identification number. It’s linked to a database that records information in three parts:
If someone finds a missing pet, bring them to a microchip installation center to check the serial number. They’ll be able to identify who the owner is and safely return the pet.
For owners who wish to have their pets microchipped, they can do so at a veterinary facility. They must prepare supporting documents as follows:
The staff will inject a microchip into the back of your pet’s neck after verifying the authenticity of the documents. They will also issue a document certifying the microchip’s implantation once the process is done.
Generally, putting the owner’s contact information on the pet’s collar is probably more convenient and suitable for Thailand as there are few clinics and vets equipped with microchip scanners.
But hey, if you’re thinking about taking your pet abroad, to travel or to compete in a pet competition, a microchip procedure may be a good precaution to take to prevent losing your beloved babies!
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