The Municipality has issued a directive that, in addition to wearing the Municipality Tag, all dogs and cats must now have a microchip implanted before receiving the tag. read the Municipality Memo
A microchip is a tiny injectable glass cylinder about 12-14mm – the size of a grain of rice. It carries a unique number that can be read by a scanner. Microchips are also called transponders.
There is only one purpose – to identify your pet – but there are many situations where this is useful and it is now compulsory in Dubai. Microchip I.D. is also useful when:
Micro-chipping is not regarded as a painful procedure. It is similar to a vaccination. Sedation is generally not required.
Microchips are now compulsory in Dubai because collars are often lost and tattoos fade or can be altered. Unscrupulous individuals have even removed dogs’ ears in order to get rid of the tattoo! Collars with id are still useful but microchips are considered the most reliable form of identification and cannot be altered.
A scanner activates the chip which returns a tiny radio signal. The chip’s number is then displayed on the scanner window.
A scanner is a device used to read a compatible microchip. It may be a small, hand held device or a larger “walk through” type. It activates the microchip in the pet and displays the unique number in its window or computer display, working through hair, fur, feathers, glass, plastic, wood and many other materials.
Microchips will last the lifetime of your pet. They do not have any moving parts. They do not carry a battery or emit radio waves (except for a moment during scanning).