Peter Bark mobile dog grooming now offers a microchipping service to Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.
Micro-chipping is done by painlessly inserting a small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, under the animals skin/scruff. Once in, the microchip cannot move or be seen but can be read by a special scanner. Each chip is encoded with a specific code number unique to the pet which is registered in a special database along with details of its breed, sex and most importantly, the owners name, address and telephone numbers.
Microchips are designed to last for the life of your pet. They do not need to be changed or replaced so you only need to get your pet microchipped once.
Your pets microchip implant gives your pet the best chance of returning home to you if lost. However, a microchip must be registered along with your current information in order to indentify you as your pet's parent and contact you. Remember as long as there are pets, even those belonging to the most responsible owners can go missing.
The ISPCA receives reports about hundreds of cats and dogs missing or stolen in IRELAND each year. Many lost animals are taken to pounds and animal shelters and fail to be reunited with their owner because they have no ID. Collars and tags are essential, but can be removed, fall off or become damaged. If your dog is taken to a local authority pound there is a boarding fee to retrieve your pet from pound/rescue center, you have only 5 days to reclaim them after then they might be put to sleep.
The fee of microchipping is certainly less than the cost of trying to locate a lost pet. The cost of printing and hanging fliers, placing ads and rewards, calling shelters, and taking time off of work substantial. Not to mention the anguish and worry or worse...the heartbreak of being too late.