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Malaysia: Should I Microchip My 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? Why You Need To Get Your Pet Microchipped?

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Typically, pet microchips play a 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 scanned by using a special reader and the reader will reveal the chip’s identification number. The identification number along with the pet’s details are submitted to a database registry. Any vet clinic or animal shelter that finds your pet can contact the registry to get the owner’s name and phone number.

In Malaysia, the cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around RM 20 to RM 40.

Does Microchipping Your Pet Really Work?

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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 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 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 always a great backup 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. It lasts for the life of your pet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Dog And Cat Microchip

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1. How is a microchip implanted?

Pet microchips can be implanted into animals by a vet through a quick injection. Generally, a microchip is implanted between the animal’s shoulder blades.

2. Is it painful to dogs and cats?

Although getting your pet microchipped is done in exactly the same manner as any regular injections, it requires a larger syringe and causes minimal pain.

3. How much does it cost to microchip a dog or cat in Malaysia?

The avarage cost to have your pet microchipped usually ranges from RM 20 to RM 40.

4. Are there any side effects of microchipping your pet?

Although there have been animals that have developed tumour around the microchips, the chances of a tumour developing are incredibly low. It can happen, but it’s an extremely low risk, according to WebMD veterinary expert.

5. Where can I get my dog or cat microchipped?

You can visit the nearest vet clinic. In Malaysia, most veterinarians have the licence to implant a microchip in your pet’s skin.

Read more: FAQs About Pet Ownership In Malaysia