What is an electronic chip?
An electronic chip or transponder is a very small cylinder shaped like a grain of rice, 1 mm in diameter and 3 to 4 mm long. Here, we will tell you about Dog Microchipping.
It does not contain any magnetic or electrical system that could be harmful to the dog; it is the reader who recognizes the chip. And he can then display the code on its screen consisting of a series of 15 digits. By querying the national identification file (I-Cad), it is immediately possible to obtain the contact details of the dog owner. The effectiveness of the chip is total since it is placed in a subcutaneous position. It cannot be easily removed or tampered with. The implantation adopted is at the level of what is called the “left jugular groove”. The level includes in the neck, on the side, behind the left ear. For a dog of medium size , the implantation adopted is about a hand grip behind the ear.
What is an electronic chip for?
An electronic chip is used to identify your dog. And therefore makes it possible to find him in the event of loss, runaway….
The identification of your dog is the only proof that you are the owner.
Why identify my dog?
According to the law of January 6, 1999, all dogs over 4 months old must identify, either by tattoo or by microchip. As well as any animal sold or given, whatever its age. Apart from this mandatory legislative aspect, the identification of your dog offers him a very good chance of being found in the event of runaway or loss. While the medal or collar bearing the inscription of your contact details may not resist during a runaway.
Why an electronic chip rather than a tattoo?
Even if done very well, a tattoo will tend to fade over time. And there is nothing worse than an unreadable tattoo on a stray animal. The chip is much more reliable and allows almost 100% identification of the animal and therefore of its owner. In addition, it is unfortunately possible to falsify a tattoo by barbaric methods. While this is strictly impossible for an electronic chip.
In addition, unlike tattooing, no anesthesia is necessary. At worst a simple tranquilization will carry out on an aggressive or simply very nervous dog, in order to be sure of the correct implantation of the electronic chip.
Finally, reading an electronic chip is relatively easy even on a frightened or aggressive animal. While that of a tattoo is sometimes a sporting feat when it is difficult to read, deep in the ear. Or because the animal must be turned over when this tattoo is on the inner side of the thigh.
And don’t forget that for animals identified since July 2011. He microchip is the only recognized means of identification to cross a border, and the file is global… at least in theory.
What does this “bar code” mean, this sequence of 15 digits?
- The first three digits correspond to the country ()
- The next two to the animal species (26 for dogs-cats-ferrets)
- The next two in the laboratory that made the transponder
- The last eight to identify the dog, as such.
Can we geolocate my dog with an electronic chip?
At present no, technology does not allow it. But in a few years why not, progress in this area is constantly evolving.
Does an identification card remain valid for the life of my dog?
Yes of course, but remember to update each time you change your address. Also, you have to always update your telephone number or in the event of a change of owner. It is heartbreaking to find a stray animal and not be able to reach its owner. Because the telephone number no. is more the good…. The procedure is very simple and is clearly explained on the identification card. In case of difficulties, your veterinarian or his assistant will be able to help you in this process.