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Electronic chipping of animals: safety is paramount


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 is comparable in size to 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 fake, others are so-called "gray", that is, imported from other countries illegally (which means that warranty service will not be provided, and the device may not be read as it will be illegal). And in order to protect themselves and, above all, their pet, it is necessary, first, to apply to a proven large veterinary clinic with an impeccable reputation, providing such a service. Secondly, the veterinarian will certainly require all the documents attached to the device, as well as those necessary for carrying out such activities: license, warranty number, certificates of compliance with international 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 manufacturers.
  • The size should depend on the size of the animal. So, 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 BAYER company supplies 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 make sure that the chip is in good condition and legality, ask the implanting doctor to scan the device before the procedure, that is, to read its number. But still it will not give an absolute guarantee that the chip will be active after a month or a year.

How is the chip implanted?

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 limitations, 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 hair). 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, an appropriate mark 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 a four-legged friend will be allowed in all countries, which is associated with different standards.
  • Specialized and universal scanners are not available everywhere.

Pet Owner Issues

Finally, a few questions that pet 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 the 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 carried out such procedures. Otherwise, there is a risk of blood poisoning or even the death of a pet.

What is chipping and why is it necessary for animals?

In our time of technological progress, when information has the highest value, chipping (identification) is gaining popularity.

The chip is essentially an animal's electronic passport that contains a unique identification number. In civilized European countries, the presence of a chip in an animal is necessarily on a par with a passport in humans. Thus, each animal must be chipped.

In Russia, chipping animals is just becoming relevant. At least, because it will be impossible to bring an animal into the territory of any European state without having a chip or a dog. And our citizens love to travel, including with their pets. And at most for security reasons. After all, thanks to the chip, you can easily find your lost tail-friend.

Chipping procedure

Electronic chipping of animals is the implantation of an electronic chip (capsule) under the skin. Most often it is implanted in the withers. The capsule is so small that it will be absolutely not felt by the animal. It is created from materials that are biologically compatible with body tissues and do not cause rejection and allergic reactions.

The chip is inserted using a special syringe. The procedure is absolutely painless. Does not cause special discomfort in the animal.

Getting under the skin of an animal, over time, the chip grows with connective tissue, which ensures its immobility. It is impossible to grope the chip outside, thus only the pet owner will be aware of its presence.

It is better to spend chipping animals as early as possible (conditionally established minimum age - 5 weeks of life). An earlier introduction ensures maximum safety for your pet throughout its life.

Information storage system

About chipping animals there are fair questions. How can information from a chip be read? What guarantees of storage and accuracy of information exist?

To store information from the chips, there is a special central storage base (electronic storage). It contains all the information about the installed animal chips. Large veterinary clinics use additional storage databases. The main thing that veterinarians pay attention to when choosing a repository is reliability, efficiency of work, the possibility of entering data into the central database and into international repositories, the possibility of entering additional information.

In order to read information from the chip, you need a special scanner. You can use the stationary device installed in the clinics, it can be portable, portable or even pocket-sized. The scanner is a must-have equipment; without it, it will simply be impossible to get information from the chip.

The information stored on the electronic microchip is unique and is entered once. Electronic storage ensures absolute data confidentiality.

Dog chipping

Dogs are active animals and most of the time are in motion. Therefore, the need for electronic identification is obvious. Chip for dogs is a guarantee that if an animal runs away, gets lost or is stolen, then it will be easier to find it. Thanks to the entered information about the owner, you can easily contact him by just clicking the scanner at the intended location of the microchip.

Also, when crossing the border with animals, there is no need to carry extra documents in paper form. After all, they can be forgotten or lost, and the chip for dogs is always on the animal.

Dogs chip is inserted in the left side of the neck or in the middle of the withers, subcutaneously. The introduction procedure is quick and painless. Preparing for chipping is exactly the same as for a regular injection.

Chipping cats

Cats, as everyone knows, love to walk on their own. Sometimes these walks end badly - the animal is lost or falls into the hands of intruders.

Recently, volunteers and owners practice chipping cats. This procedure allows you to protect meowing fluffy and guarantee him a return to his usual place of residence.

Also, if it enters the veterinary clinic, the animal will be scanned and the doctor will immediately receive the data he needs. Enter information about the animal and the host is best maximized. If you need to change the data you need to contact the veterinarian who introduced the chip.

Despite the fact that cats are small animals, the introduction of the chip does not cause them discomfort. It takes just a few minutes.

Chipping cats guarantees pet safety. The chip is installed for up to 25 years, that is, once and for life.

Why do I need chipping animals?

But the most important, if your pet is lost (even abroad), the probability of its return many times increases.

Since 2002, the importation of an animal into the European Union and other countries (usually island) without a microchip is impossible! And from the end of 2015, in Kazakhstan, chipping of animals is necessary.

Also in some regions of Russia, for example, in the Krasnodar Territory mandatory chipping of animals was introduced.

Why do you need chipping cats?

Domestic cats are less adapted to "street life", and therefore it is very important to return the animal to its usual environment as quickly as possible, otherwise the animal may die. In this case, the use of a microchip as an identification - is necessary. If you decide to buy microchips for cats, then you are always special mini-microchips.

Chipping kittens can be done already in the first month of life, provided that the animal is not sick. It is also desirable to perform the procedure. rabies vaccination.

Why do you need chipping dogs?

A domestic dog can be accurately recognized even after several days spent on the street, so many animal lovers are trying to get the dog back using either state services or trying to take the loss to a veterinary clinic or nursery, where they can scan the microchip and find where the animal is registered , and return it to the owner as soon as possible.

It is very important that in the AnimalFace database it is possible to see the vaccinations that have been made, thereby giving information about current vaccinations.

Our recommendation chipping puppies and dogs necessarilyIf you are looking for dogs for your pet, then we have high-quality German chips. Want extra loss protection for your pet? Use electronic NFC key chains.

The microchip can be delivered to the puppy already in the first month of his life, the procedure should be carried out before vaccination and only to a healthy animal.

Chips and NFC tags for dogs, cats and other animals

Microchip - is a chip that contains information that can be read by the scanner. Microchips for cats and dogs can be divided into the following types:

  • In terms of memory,
  • By frequency (134.2 and 125 kHz, other frequencies are also used),
  • Data recording capabilities
  • Body material (glass, ceramics or other materials).

The size of the microchip is very small (2 mm by 12 mm). To represent this size, we can take a grain from rice. Also at the moment there are mini-microchips, the sizes of which are even smaller and amount to 1.4 by 8 mm. With all the variety of characteristics, microchips for animals are developed according to international ISO standards (11784/11785).

So what information is contained in a microchip? Once again, the microchip itself contains only individual set of numbers (unique code). Microchips for dogs and cats, which contain additional memory, in which it is possible to record information about the animal and owner, are quite rare. But for scanning such microchips a special scanner is required. And therefore, as a rule, all data is stored in the database.

What code is stored in the microchip? These are 15 digits, consider the example of the chip 643093400076000:

  • 643 - country code. In our case, this is the code of Russia. If the code is different from "643" or has the value "900", then this chip is most likely imported into Russia in the "gray" way, and we would not recommend them for use,
  • 0 - separator between codes,
  • 934 - manufacturer codein our case it is Tierchip Dasmann, which is registered in the ICAR (The International Committee for Animal Recording) system. Using this code, you can find out what manufacturer made the chips, if you are told that the chip is German or Russian, and the ICAR code is a manufacturer from China, then the microchip capsule itself is Chinese.
  • 00076000 - a unique chip code the remaining 8 digits.

Microchips are implanted under the skin of an animal using a special syringe, in the needle of which there is a microchip. This procedure is absolutely safe and painless, comparable to a vaccination injection.

It is also worth noting that this technology is not in place, and some manufacturers offer microchips and NFC tags, which allows using not only special scanners, but also mobile devices that support technology as scanning devices. NFC (Near Field Communication).

NFC tags can act as the main method of identification, and as an additional one together with a microchip. So in the near future we will completely abandon the use of traditional tags for animals, such as collars, it will be enough to bring the smartphone to the animal to get all the information.

How to track an animal by GPS satellite

Another way to track an animal is to use NFC tags. Advantages compared to the chip, for this you don’t need to be taken to a clinic or other organization to read the chip, or you can scan the label on-site using a telephone and call the owner. Also when scanning the tag owner will receive a notification with the location of the animal! And one more plus compared to the GPS tracker, the fact that the label does not have a battery, and as a result it works for an unlimited time.

If you want to constantly receive information about the location of your pet, then only the GPS tracker will definitely help you. Just he transmits information via satellite and on the phone you can determine the location of the animal. But there are also disadvantages, the device is rather cumbersome, compared to a chip or an NFC tag. The tracker must be constantly charged, if the battery sits down it will be impossible to track the animal. Also, for the operation of this device, you need a stable signal of a cellular network and a GPS satellite.

Scanning device

Usually, scanners are only needed for veterinary organizations and ordinary pet owners are completely useless. It is also worth noting that due to the development of the electronic animal identification system, prices for scanners have significantly decreased from $ 1,000 to $ 300 and even cheaper, and some models can already be bought for less than $ 150.


Of course, it is important to understand that the data on animals and owners must be stored somewhere and processed for further use. For this, a database of chipped animals, AnimalFace, was created. Using the database is carried out:

  • Our base is the only one in Russia, which cooperates immediately with the two largest bases "PETMAXX", and "EuroPetNet". Thereby allowing you to maximize protect your animal from loss,
  • Reliability and confidentiality of pet owners
  • 24-hour access to data worldwide,
  • Возможности владельцу самостоятельно внести данные о своем питомце,
  • Карточка животного полностью переведена на английский язык,
  • Ведение учета вакцинаций животного,
  • Exit chipping of dogs and cats in Moscow and St. Petersburg,
  • Mobile version of the site for operational use.

Why do you need chipization?

The chipping procedure is being developed as part of a unified identification system for domestic and farm animals. The project involves the assignment of a unique fifteen-digit identification number. The code in the database reveals all the information about this animal - where it comes from, age, what hurts, what vaccines are.

This practice is used in western countries. Many Russians are already chipping their pets. Such actions are related to their export abroad or protection against theft. The last option is questionable, since the chips are not tracked. It will be possible to find out where the lost animal is located only when it is scanned with a special device in a veterinary clinic. If it gets there.

In the agricultural sector, chipization is associated with meat quality improvement. The information provided will allow the buyer to find out what diseases the animal suffered, when clogged, at what age. Veterinarians also speak in favor of chipization. They argue their position by saying that such information facilitate treatment, and fighting epidemics at an early stage.

Description of the law on chipping animals

The development of the law on animal chipization is focused on creating a unified information base. However, many human rights advocates speak about the prospect of tax accounting for animals through such labeling.

There are several ways to chipize:

  • bracelets for birds, they are already used to mark endangered species
  • ear clips for cattle - cows, sheep, pigs are peculiar tags,
  • there are and swallowed optionsdeposited in the digestive system
  • the introduction implantread by electronic device.

It is the last option that implies the chipization of animals. Using a hollow needle, a small device, the size of a grain, is inserted under the skin. The procedure is not painful, comparable to conventional vaccination. Next, the scan at the veterinarian shows the identification code by which all the required information is provided in a single database.

The procedure is simple, but the adoption of the law is postponed for other reasons. The initiative of chipping animals implies the universal accounting of the entire fauna belonging to legal entities and individuals. Against the background of rising prices for implant implantation, many Russians are skeptical about the need to add their pets to the database. This situation creates fears that when the law enters into force, many animals will be on the street.

The draft law also insists on observing the procedure for “disposing” of dead pets - they can be buried only in special pits after being opened by a veterinarian. And if death occurred due to insufficient treatment, you will have to pay a fine.

To regulate such a procedure in practice is quite difficult. Chiping does not prevent the escape of an animal, the possibility of being hit by a machine, caught by flayers or a battered beast in the forest. That is, chipping does not protect at all, only puts on the account. And many citizens fear that this accounting will become taxable in a short period.

A separate issue is the countryside in the outback. In these places, the stated price of chipping is higher than the cost of the animal itself. And veterinarians, if they are available, without special equipment.

Competent persons receive proposals on the introduction of this law on a voluntary basis. But in this case, it makes no sense to introduce it, who wants - now chipping their pets. As a result, there is an initiative of the law, the draft is being discussed, but how it will be implemented in practice is not yet clear.

What kind of animals will be required to chip?

Chiping of animals is supposed to be carried out in two stages. In the first - to hold accounting of livestock and poultry. In the second stage will go pets. As a result, they undergo chipization:

  • horses,
  • deer
  • camels
  • cattle,
  • Domestic bird,
  • pigs
  • rabbits and other fur animals,
  • bees
  • fish, including aquarium fish.

It can be expected that the list will be supplemented with exotic pets - snakes, spiders, cubs and others. While they are in the category of wild animals and are not subject to identification.

The question of how the chipping of small animals like bees and fish will be carried out is a matter of many concerns. The project assumes that those are assigned a common identification number for an apiary or an aquarium.

Where are the chips installed and how much does it cost?

Chipping of animals is carried out in veterinary clinics by experienced specialists. It is best to choose a clinic that installs EU standard chips. They are read both in the territory of the Russian Federation and abroad.

After installing the chip data is entered into the database for storage. The owner is issued a certificate of installation identifier, stickers with a bar code and chip number.

The average cost of chipping is from 600 to 2000 rubles. The price includes a procedure and a microchip. The maximum price is based on the departure of the veterinarian to the house.

For the quiet life of the owner and pet, for the return of the animal in an unforeseen situation to the home, for the smooth export abroad chipping is important and necessary. The procedure is safe, quick, simple. It is better to spend a couple of hours going to the vet than spending a lot of time, money and nerves later, solving problems that could have been avoided.

What is chipping dogs

Dog chipping is an advanced technology based on the use of sophisticated chips (chips). After chipping, full information about the animal and its owner is entered into the database:

  • Country and region of residence.
  • Breed and health tetrapod.
  • Coordinates and contact details of the host.

Despite the use of adresniki and collars with the phone numbers of the owners, as well as branding, hundreds of animals are lost every day. And, unfortunately, there is only a small part of them. And if they are, not all animals return to their owners. Often, lost dogs do not have a clear mark (or no one at all), and the address book with the owner's phone number, in the process of animal wanderings, is simply lost.

Dog chipping is a modern alternative to breeding stigma. If you have a chip, you can find out and check the information about the lost dog and find the owner.

When can i chip an animal

Chipping dogs does not require special training. The microchip can be implanted in any veterinary clinic. Chip can be a healthy animal at any age. And you can begin when the puppy is 5-6 weeks from the moment of birth. By the way, in some countries, vaccination delivered to an animal before the chipping procedure is considered invalid.

How is chipping done

Chip implantation is an uncomplicated surgical procedure that resembles vaccination. Completely the procedure takes only a few minutes, and the process of implantation takes a couple of seconds.

Before the procedure, and after it, the doctor scans the chip to verify its functionality.

Then, under the skin of the animal, in the area under the withers, a special disposable syringe is injected. The contents of the syringe - solution to facilitate the introduction and the chip itself.

Approximately 2 to 12 mm or 1.4 to 8.5 mm (slightly larger than a grain of rice), the microchip is enclosed in a bioglass capsule. This type of glass is completely harmless and compatible with the tissues of a living organism. During the week after the procedure, the biocapsule is surrounded by living tissue and becomes immobile and imperceptible to the animal.

After the injection, the implanted chip is re-scanned.

The original electronic number of the chip consists of 15 digits in which the country code or the manufacturer code is encrypted. The clinic where the procedure was carried out, puts the information in the database. In Russia at the moment, the two largest databases are: www.animal-id.ru and animalface.ru. They are part of international systems. Animal-ID in Petmaxx, and AnimalFace in Petmaxx and EuroPetNet.

A sticker with a barcode is pasted into the veterinary passport and dog's pedigree.

It is not recommended to wash the animal for 2 days after the procedure.

Chipping dogs is carried out once in a pet's life. In just a few minutes, the four-legged becomes the owner of the electronic number, which is assigned to him once and for all.

What is chipping necessary for?

The most important thing is chipping dogs for those who like to travel a lot with their pet and take part in international exhibitions. Entry of animals into the territory of the European Union is allowed only if there is a microchip.

And now let's talk about all the advantages and common misconceptions about the chipping process.


Here are some of them:

  1. Chipping dogs is completely harmless. The capsule, in which the chip is located, is made of durable bioglass, designed for more than 100 years of operation, which is much longer than the life of the animal.
  2. The procedure is simple and painless. The implantation takes place under sterile conditions and lasts a matter of seconds.
  3. Within a few days, the capsule becomes overgrown with connective tissue, and it cannot be lost.
  4. You can freely travel with your pet outside the country.
  5. In the case of theft or substitution, the animal can be calculated by an electronic chip and returned to its owner.

Common misconceptions about chipping

Despite all the visible advantages, in the process of chipping, some deviations do occur, which veterinarians prefer not to talk about.

And we will list them:

  1. Chipping dogs is completely painless and does not cause any adverse reactions of the body.
    In fact, chipping dogs doesn’t really cause any pain, but only if it is done by a qualified specialist. Often, an inexperienced doctor simply pierces the surface layer of the skin with a needle, but the chip becomes entangled in the dog's fur and after a while simply falls out and is lost. Especially often this happens with animals that have long and thick hair.
  2. A small percentage of quadrupeds has an individual intolerance to the components from which the biocapsule is made. In case of intolerance or improper insertion of the chip, the injection site may become inflamed and fester.
  3. Implanted once the chip acquires connective tissue and is fixed in one place.
    In fact, a chip implanted at the withers sometimes “migrates”. Deviations can be 1-2 cm from the implantation area of ​​the chip. But I have not heard about the cases of the negative impact of such a move on the health of the quadrupeds.
  4. The implanted device does not deteriorate and is easily read by a special scanner. It so happens that the whole chipping procedure goes perfectly, but after a couple of years the scanner simply stops reading information from the microchip. The reasons for this may be mass. From simple problems in the operation of the device to demagnetization from exposure to electromagnetic waves. Therefore, if you are going with your pet on a trip abroad, it is worthwhile to insure yourself in advance and check the serviceability of the microchip in order not to get into an unpleasant situation at customs.
  5. If you buy an adult animal that has already passed the chipping procedure, then you will have to accept the fact that the database already contains information about its previous owner. And if the four-legged has already changed more than one family, then in case of his loss, it will be very difficult to find the current owner. The only way out is to remove the old chip and implant the new one.
  6. If you want to get rid of the chip is very easy. Just touch the chip through the skin, make an incision and pull out the capsule. The easiest way to do this is for dogs with thin skin and with a small amount of wool.

How much is the chipping procedure?

Chipping dogs is quite an affordable procedure. For example, in St. Petersburg, the price run ranges from 500 to 2,000 rubles.

As a rule, lower private hospitals offer lower costs. But I would not risk it and turned to a specialized state veterinary station, where the guarantee that the procedure will run smoothly and the data about your pet will be entered into the general database of animals, is the greatest.

Why chip a dog and what does it do?

The technique of chipping animals is actively distributed throughout the world. But why chip a dog and what does it do?

  • First, the introduction of the chip is a modern method of animal identification. This method is considered the most reliable and reliable way, enshrined in such status at the legislative level.
  • Secondly, from relatively recent - the only way to identify pets.

This rule has become mandatory since 2011. True, the import of pets without this device was not possible, starting from a maximum since 2007. And we must bear in mind that neither the stamp, nor the veterinary passport from this time can not be evidence of the "authenticity" of the animal. Only chip.

Important! Even in cases when all other documents are in order, but the dog has no chip, the owner will not be able to legally transport it across the border.

An implant inserted under the skin of an animal is the most reliable and accurate way to identify a dog in case of loss or theft. This is an extremely important moment for owners of rare breeds of dogs. It also happens that such pets are kidnapped, and even in the event of their subsequent discovery, only a chip can really prove their rights to an animal.

It will also help respectable people who have found the lost dog - by reading the information from the chip, you can easily set the name and place of residence of the owner. Moreover, even the loss of documents for such a pet is absolutely not terrible: the chip is a very weighty reason for their speedy recovery in any nearest veterinary clinic.

Chip device

Many owners are interested in the device chip. In fact, this is a special chip in a protective "shell" that contains information read by a special scanner.

The price and capabilities of the device depend on its technical characteristics:

  • Memory. The more, the better.
  • Used frequencies. The most common are 134.2 and 125 kHz, but today there are many models using different ones.
  • The possibility of recording device information in it. Such chips can be used to determine the owner of the animal, to record the veterinary history of the animal, etc. They are the most useful, but at the same time the most expensive.
  • Cost may depend on the material of the case. It can be used as usual plastic, so ceramics or glass.
  • The simplest chips are similar in size to the grain of rice, the more advanced models are even smaller.
  • In addition to the chip, the most important part of the chip is an inductive coil. This moment is very important, and at the end of the article we will return to it.

Despite the huge variety of models and forms, today all chips are manufactured in accordance with the approved international standard, i.e. ISO (11784/11785).

In which cases chipping is necessary

In which cases chipping is necessary. This will avoid many problems:

  • Chipping is mandatory for all pets that are taken abroad. And it is not only about moving for the purpose of permanent residence. This applies to tourists, participants of international exhibitions of pets, etc.
  • In the State Duma there is a final revision of the law on the chipping of pets. It is assumed (for the time being only assumed) that from 2019 this procedure will become mandatory for all dogs and cats, and later for all domestic animals in general (cattle, small cattle and horses suggest to start chipping earlier.) Breeders need to be prepared for this.
  • Be sure to chip all pets in the Krasnodar Territory.

Dog age for chipping

The age of a dog for chipping does not play a special role: animals are allowed to implant "beacons" in any period of life. Puppies and especially old dogs are not an exception.

The only note: puppies veterinarians advise to chip before the first in their life preventive vaccination.

In addition, between it and the implantation of the implant should take about a week. This recommendation is due to the fact that the puppy's body needs to develop an acceptable level of immune response. If, at the very height of its formation, a foreign object, which is a chip, is “planted” into the body of the baby, the immunity may later prove to be insufficiently strong.

As for old dogs and dogs of other ages, they can be chipped at any time, there are no contraindications for this.

How is the chip implantation procedure

Some breeders for some reason believe that implant implantation is a long and bloody procedure, but in practice this is not at all the case. But how does the process of implanting a chip actually occur? Everything is very simple:

  • The owner does not need to prepare for a long wait at the reception of the vet, as the whole procedure takes about ten minutes from the force (and this is still a lot).
  • Huge cuts and punctures on the skin of the animal will not remain. As we wrote above, the chip is no larger than a grain of rice.
  • The chip itself is implanted with a special disposable syringe. Do this in the area of ​​the shoulder blade or withers. Сама процедура почти ничем не отличается от обычной подкожной инъекции: ветеринару требуется лишь оттянуть в сторону кожную складку, проткнуть кожу и вставить чип на место. Это отнимает не более двух секунд.

The injection site is thoroughly disinfected with a 70% solution of ethyl alcohol or an alcoholic tincture of iodine to prevent the development of inflammatory processes and suppuration.

But! It is important not even the procedure of implantation, but what happens after it. The point is that the veterinarian should read the chip data as a scanner and enter it into a special database..

If this is not done, the chipping procedure will be completely useless. The same applies to small clinics, which often use "self-made" databases, which no one else knows about.

What complications may arise

In itself, the implantation of the chip is an extremely simple action, which has nothing to do with a complex operation. So the likelihood of developing some complications is also miserable. But still it is.

And here are some complications that may arise:

  • Simple inflammatory reaction. Manifested in the form of redness, increase in local body temperature and pain of the place where the implant was inserted.
  • In more severe cases, the transition of inflammation into a purulent form is possible. The “injection site” strongly swells, swells, and soon pus begins to flow from the wound channel.
  • In the most unsuccessful situations for an animal, the case may reach phlegmonous inflammation of the subcutaneous fatty tissue.

But why can so severe complications develop at all? The implant itself is absolutely safe and sterile (as well as a syringe for its introduction), and therefore the only reason for this outcome can be only a very gross violation of the rules of asepsis and antisepsis. In more rare cases, in the role of a trigger, there is a strong contamination of the place where the chip was inserted soon after the procedure.

Contraindications for the procedure

Note that the contraindications for the procedure are not very significant:

  • First, neither the device manufacturers, nor the veterinarians themselves, who enter them, report any “official” contraindications for chipping animals. Simply put, the implant can be administered to all dogs, with the exception of newborn puppies and pets dying from old age.
  • Secondly, some veterinarians and experienced breeders believe that there are contraindications, and there are several more. The point is that you should not once again injure the body of sick and weakened, recovering animals. The immune system of such pets is already significantly weakened, it is better to wait for a full recovery when the dog returns to normal.

What to do if the dog is lost

Suppose that a chipped pet ran away, carried away, on a walk, or unknown attackers kidnapped him.

Here's what to do if the dog is lost:

  • Fill out an application on the site http://animalface.ru/. This is the most reliable way, since in this case information about the search for an animal will appear in the bases of 50 countries of the world at once.
  • Report it to the nearest veterinary clinic (but better to where the chipping was performed).
  • Send messages on social networks, on the forums of dog breeders in your city or district.

In all these cases, the number of the chip should be attached to the statements / announcements.

Myths and misconceptions about chipping

There are many myths and misconceptions about chipping. The most common opinion is that the implant harms the pet, the dog allegedly constantly feels "foreign body under the skin." In fact, this is complete nonsense. About a week after the injection, the chip completely overgrows the connective tissue sheath, after which the body does not perceive it. No inconvenience to the animal is created.

GPS chipping

There is one very harmful myth about GPS chipping. Even experienced breeders believe in the existence of some magical GPS trackers in the form of subcutaneous chips, with which the location of the animal can be traced from the satellite.

So: there are no such systems in nature! There is only one option that makes the scenario of such a search real: a special collar with a built-in tracker.

You need to understand that a miniature chip implanted under the dog's skin is not an analogue of a smartphone or a navigator. It is activated only for the duration of its exposure to the scanner, while in other periods it is inert and can only be detected with the help of X-rays.

Microchip Migration

Another harmful and common myth is “microchip migration”. Proponents of this "horror stories" tell how the implant "wanders" under the skin of a pet, causing the latter unbearable suffering. Of course, nothing like this happens in reality. As we wrote above, during the week the chip completely acquires the connective tissue sheath, after which it cannot physically move.

In addition, even in the first days, when the chip can move under the skin, the maximum amplitude of its oscillations does not exceed a couple of millimeters. So, “to the tail,” as the “competent specialists” especially say, the chip cannot reach at all.

The only case where the device can really move a considerable distance is severe injuries and purulent-necrotic processes.

Under the influence of these factors, the connective tissue sheath can tear off from the skin and go to the side (or even fall out with a current of pus, for example).

Harmful radiation

The fact that the harmful radiation of the chip "slowly kills the dog," was also heard by many breeders. Some even write almost monographs on the relationship of chipping and cancer cases in animals. All this is not true.

The chip itself is a completely inert device. It "comes to life" only at the time of reading by the scanner within tenths of seconds. Given that this process occurs a maximum of six times a year (but often much less frequently), nothing terrible will happen to a pet. Smartphones that people daily and constantly wear on the body, "fon" a thousand times stronger (and they do it almost always).

Battery replacement and uptime

There is another stupid myth - "battery replacement" and the duration of the chip. The chip has an induction coil. In cases where the breeder has not forgotten the school course of physics, he will certainly be able to recall that such a device can be excited when it is irradiated. In general, this is the whole essence of this myth: in principle, there are no batteries in the chip (he is too small). In addition, the implant does not need an additional power source.

When a scanner irradiates a chip, its induction coil “starts up”, giving power to the microcircuit. That "comes to life", after which the scanner can read the necessary information. And therefore, you can not worry about the duration of the chip: being once implanted, it retains its performance throughout the life of the pet.

So the establishments offering “battery replacement in the chip” are fraudulent. The implant may be lost or damaged due to injuries or diseases (for example, ulcers), and then it is completely changed. Disappearingly rare cases of factory marriage. And with him problems are really possible ...

Chip health check

Until recently, verification of the performance of the chip was possible only in the clinic, or if the owner of the animal has a special scanner. Everything has changed with the advent of chips operating on NFC technology (such as bank contactless cards, travel cards, etc.).

You can verify them using a smartphone that supports this communication standard. Large companies (Bayer, for example) already produce such devices. They cost much more expensive than standard chips, but you can control their work yourself (you have to spend money on the corresponding smartphone, though).

Essential Points to Know

What should be considered:

  • Chipping dogs can be carried out already at 45-50 days of puppy life.
  • Make sure that the doctor has scanned the microchip before the implantation procedure begins and after the device has been inserted under the skin.
  • After chipping, inspect the implantation site well to make sure that the shot was made correctly and the chip entered under the skin and did not remain in the coat.
  • After one or two weeks after the procedure, do not be lazy to visit the veterinary clinic and check whether the chip is in place.
  • When you bring your pet to a routine check-up, be sure to ask the doctor to scan the microchip. So you will be convinced of his serviceability and that he did not “migrate” anywhere.
  • Stickers with an individual barcode must be affixed to your pet's veterinary passport and pedigree.

Summing up, I want to note that despite the possible deviations, most of the breeders are still satisfied that they carried out the chipping procedure.

As soon as we decided that our Jack would travel with us, we also went and put him a microchip. Now we can safely travel with him in our country and abroad, without worrying that our beloved dog will sit and wait for us while we are having fun. Now we try to always take it with us, and this is a huge plus.

Despite the fact that at present the implantation of a microchip is considered one of the most progressive and reliable methods for identifying an animal, it is not worth refusing from proven methods. A well-marked brand, adresnik or data about the host indicated on the collar of the animal increases the chances of finding and returning the lost tail to home.