Owners can protect their pets from thieves with the help of a micro chip and by creating a centralised database of all the domesticated animals.
They can track the animals with a micro chip, which is inserted in their skin. The chip contains all details like the name and address of the owner. Thanks to the initiative taken by the Kennel Club of India (KCI), the pets can be registered at a centralised place like an organised hospital.
“Dogs are usually micro-chipped when they participate in shows. We read the chip with the international chip reader (ICR) to identify whether it is the same dog or not. The procedure is not difficult and can suit one's pocket,” said Dr S Mahindran of CGS Hospital.
The chip identifies the name and breed of the dog and the contact details of its owner.
"The whole process is a painless one. An ordinary chip costs around Rs 500, while the cost of advanced ones can go up to Rs 3,500. Ordinary chip also does the same function, but it sometimes travels to other part of the pet's body. However, it does not cause any harm," Dr Mahindran added.
Pet owners should be encouraged to get their pets micro-chipped at a veterinary clinic. The technique is widely used in countries like the USA. All the data fed on the website will be shared among the related institutes/ clinics/ hospitals.
Alternately, a number can be tattooed on a body part of the pets. But it is painful for them.