Electronic identification – microchip
Have you lost your dog or your cat? … What happens if you’re not on the island? What is the safest way to return home?
Electronic identification, or microchip (chip) as is commonly called, is the implantation of an electronic device the size of a grain of rice under the skin of the dog. A reader is used to scan the microchip and display the associated identification number. When implanting a microchip, a form is filled out in three copies with the details of the animal and the owner. The owner gets one copy, the second copy stays with the clinic, and the third copy is sent to the database of the Panhellenic Veterinary Association.
The microchip cannot be detected by satellite, does not contain the details of the owner and the animal, and does not emit radiation as is mistakenly believed.
If someone finds a lost pet and wants to return it to the owner, a visit to the local vet is all that is needed to read the microchip identification number. Then the veterinarian calls the Panhellenic Veterinary Association and is given the owner details that correspond to the number. As simple as that.
Electronic identification is the safest way for a pet to return home. It is of particular importance since the “lost” animal wanders and can in no time find itself many miles away from home. Anyone who finds your pet will be able to easily locate you.
Lastly, please note that electronic identification is mandatory by law.