The importance of microchipping can never be stressed enough.
A cat can stray just a little too far; an eager puppy can slip its lead or a dog can take advantage of an open gate. Losing a pet is very distressing and reuniting lost pets with their owners can prove very difficult if the pets cannot be reliably identified.
Microchipping is a very inexpensive and simple way of permanent identification for any pet.
Your vet will inject a tiny microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the loose skin of your pet's neck, which will give your pet his own personal identification number. It's quick, painless and very safe.
Should your pet stray and get handed in to a veterinary surgery, animal welfare group, the police or local authority, they have special hand held scanners that can detect and "read" the information on the microchips.
After checking your pet's unique number against the national database and identifying him as yours, you will be reunited without further delay.
These days, it is not just dogs and cats that can be microchipped - rabbits and even exotic pets can also be chipped.