What is the chip for an animal?

Many owners are so afraid of losing their favorite pets that they are ready to do anything to minimize such risks. And today it is quite possible, and will help in this chip for animals. But what is it, how does it work, how is it implanted, is it dangerous? You will receive answers to these questions soon.

What it is?

A chip is a device that is a chip with an identification number, enclosed in a capsule of biologically inert glass. It is very small and comparable in size with a grain of rice. And since the glass is biologically inert, it will quickly penetrate into the tissues of the animal and will not be rejected by them.

It is worth a little more to write about a unique room. It consists of several parts:

  1. The first three digits are the bar code of the country in which the animal lives (for example, 643 for Russia and 804 for Ukraine).
  2. Next comes the device manufacturer's code, it consists of four digits, the first of which is zero.
  3. The last part is a unique individual eight-digit number of the animal.

How to make a choice?

How to choose a chip for an animal? Pay attention to several important points:

  • Since chipping animals is becoming an increasingly popular procedure, a lot of chips of not better quality appeared. Some of them are simply counterfeit, other so-called "gray", that is, imported from other countries illegally (which means that the warranty service will not be provided, and the device may not be read, since it will be illegal). And in order to protect yourself and, above all, your pet, you should, first, go to a proven large veterinary clinic with an impeccable reputation that provides such a service. Secondly, the veterinarian must by all means demand all the documents attached to the device, as well as necessary for the implementation of such activities: a license, a warranty number, certificates of compliance with world-class quality standards.
  • If we list the types of such devices, we can conclude that they are all similar and differ only in size (but such differences are not so significant), as well as by producers.
  • The size should depend on the size of the animal. For example, a cat or a rodent should implant the smallest chip, and a dog can install a larger device.
  • As for manufacturers, there are several of them.Among them are such companies as "KRUUSE", "VIRBAC", "PROVET", "KRUUSE", and also "BAYER". But only the firm "BAYER" delivers chips to the CIS countries, such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Kazakhstan and some others. Therefore, it is still better to choose this supplier.
  • To verify the integrity and legality of the chip, ask the doctor who is performing the implantation, before the procedure to scan the device, that is, count his number. But still, it will not give an absolute guarantee that the chip will be active after a month or a year.

How to implant the chip?

First of all, you should write about the ideal age at which it is better to implant a chip into a cat or dog. In general, there are no strict restrictions, but it is still desirable to carry out the procedure before vaccination, that is, at the age of about eight or ten weeks.

To put the chip, the vet must place it in a special needle with a hole. It is placed either in the withers, or in the area between the shoulder blades, or under the thigh (if the animal is almost devoid of wool). The procedure is almost painless and does not cause discomfort, it is comparable to vaccination and does not take much time.After implantation, the specialist must check whether the chip is valid, that is, scan it. After the procedure, a corresponding note is made in the pet's documents.

What to do after implantation?

In order for the chip to take root and not move, provide the pet with proper care after the implantation procedure. It is not complicated: one should only not wet the injection site for two to three days, and also restrict the animal’s access to it. A week is worth a visit to the vet to make sure that the device stuck and remains in place.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages of animal chipping:

  • This is an absolutely painless procedure.
  • The chip does not need to be changed, it acts throughout life, there are no batteries in it.
  • If the pet is lost, they will be able to find it (at least the chances will increase significantly).
  • Chipping minimizes the risk of replacing an animal (for example, at an exhibition).
  • The procedure will simplify the registration in veterinary clinics.
  • In some countries, animals without chips are simply not allowed.
  • The chip will not give your pet discomfort throughout life.


  • If the chip does not meet international standards, illegal or poor quality, then the search for it will be much more difficult or impossible.
  • This is not a guarantee that you and your four-legged friend will be allowed in all countries, which is associated with different standards.
  • Specialized and universal scanners are not available everywhere.

Questions of concern to pet owners

Finally, there are a few questions that animal owners often ask veterinarians:

  1. Is the chip harmful to the animal? No, not at all harmful. They do not generate radiation and are active only at the time of scanning, but this effect is almost neutral.
  2. Can the chip move? Yes, maybe moving more than 2 or 3 centimeters is called migration. But such a migration, firstly, is not at all dangerous for a pet, and secondly, it will not affect the operation of the device. Of course, if it has shifted significantly, it can complicate scanning, but usually the movements are minimal. By the way, if you choose the most suitable place and implement the implantation correctly, the risks of migration will be minimized.
  3. How much does the chip work? Such a device does not have an expiration date, that is, if it is legal and of high quality, it will maintain an individual number throughout the life of the animal.
  4. Is it possible to implant the chip yourself? Such a device can be ordered via the Internet (sometimes it comes out cheaper than buying at a vet clinic). But the implantation should be carried out only on an outpatient basis and only by an experienced specialist who has already performed such procedures. Otherwise, there is a risk of blood poisoning or even the death of a pet.

Health to your pet!

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Date: 09.10.2018, 12:39 / Views: 82194

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