From the 1st of April 2013 there is a requirement for chipping and registration for dogs. Every dog who comes to the Netherlands, by birth or from abroad from that day on, has to get a chip and is to be registered at one of the databases recommended. Also an owner is required to keep the information on the registration opdated. For cats this is not a requirement.
To have a chip is also required in some other cases, for example when you are traveling abroad or when you purchase pet-insurance. In every other case it is up to the owner to chip their pet or not. There are a lot of animals in shelters because they have escaped and go missing. If the owner can’t be found, the animal must stay at the shelter until a new owner is found. That’s too bad, because a lot of these animals have an owner that misses them and wants them back!
For placing a chip you can make an appointment at the clinic. We also place chips when the animal is under anaesthesia for sterilization, castration or another surgery. The chip (the size of a rice grain) is placed under the skin by using an injection-needle. We will take care of the registration at the Stichting Nederlandse Databank Gezelschapsdieren and after that every company that has anything to do with animals (veterinarians, shelters, animal ambulance etc.) can read the chip. If your pet ever goes missing, he/she can be traced and you can be reunited once more!