There are numerous reasons why pet microchipping is a crucial practice in Nairobi.


A microchip is a tiny chip the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin of your furry friend. Each chip contains a unique identification code, either in letters and numbers or a series of 15-digit unique numbers. Microchips do not have GPS technology. Here in Nairobi, almost all veterinary practices follow the international standards for microchip insertion, that is, to insert microchips that do not contain any information except the unique codes for contact tracing and identification.

Is it mandatory for my pet to be microchipped?

Microchipping of a pet, especially for dogs and cats, is not compulsory. However, it is one of the basic requirements for all pets traveling abroad. Microchipping is always done before rabies vaccination following the international pet travel scheme.

How can I use the microchip if my pet ever gets lost?

The microchip number is linked to the clinic database. Once your pet gets lost and taken to the nearest veterinary clinic, the clinic representative will scan it for microchip reading. Other clinics will be alerted to check where the found pet is registered and trace the owner to be reunited.

  1. Identification: Microchipping your pet is a permanent form of identification that can help reunite you with your pet if they ever become lost or stolen. Unlike collars or tags, which can fall off or be removed, a microchip is embedded under your pet’s skin and can be scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter to retrieve your contact information.
  2. Safety: Microchipping can help keep your pet safe in emergency situations. For example, if your pet is injured and brought to a veterinarian, the microchip can quickly provide the veterinarian with important information about your pet’s medical history, allergies, and any medications they may be taking.
  3. Compliance: In some areas, microchipping is required by law. For example, many municipalities require dogs to be microchipped as a condition of licensing.
  4. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your pet is microchipped can provide you with peace of mind, knowing that if anything were to happen to your pet, you have taken a proactive step to help ensure their safe return.

Overall, microchipping your pet is a simple and affordable way to help ensure that they are properly identified and can be quickly reunited with you if they ever become lost.

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