/Malaysia: Should You Microchip Your Pet

Malaysia: Should You Microchip Your Pet

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. Although microchipping is not mandatory in Malaysia, there are reasons why you may consider it for your dog or cat.

What Is Microchip And Why You Need To Get Your Pet Microchipped

Typically, microchipping plays an significant role in recovering lost pets. First, let’s review what a microchip isn’t. A microchip is not a tracking device. In fact, what makes the microchip useful is that it can be read by a microchip scanner. Microchipping is a process through which a small microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice. It is placed under a pet’s skin with a needle, normally between their shoulder blades. The information in a microchip can be read by using a special reader and the reader will reveal the chip’s registration number. The microchip number along with the pet’s details are submitted to a database registry. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.

In Malaysia, the cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around RM 20 to RM 50.

Does Microchipping Your Pet Really Work

Before you decide to microchip your pet, you should have a full understanding of how a microchip works. As we mentioned above, a microchip is like a social security card. The information in a tiny microchip can be read by using a special reader and the reader will reveal the chip’s registration number. Note that the number is useless unless it corresponds to your pet’s name and your information in a searchable database. For an effective microchip system, all three parts have to work. According to Petfinder.my, microchipping requires a centralized and well-maintained database, people who know to and are willing to check for the presence of a microchip, and scanner operators who know to look in the centralized database for the animal’s record to work effectively.

Unfortunately, there is no central national database for pets in Malaysia. Although Petfinder.my has set up the first and only general database which can store important information about your pet, the person who found your pet  may not know about this database. He or she may not have the scanner or do not even know what is a microchip. As such, microchipping still has a long way to go in Malaysia as a means of facilitating the recovery of lost pets.

However, if your pet is stolen and you find out who stole your pet, the microchip is key. Microchips are a good back-up option for pet identification, but should never be the main one. It provides an extra level of protection in case your pet loses his collar and tag.