Makati City launches city-wide pet microchipping project


October 12, 2017

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938



Makati City launches city-wide pet microchipping project



Makati City has formally launched its city-wide pet microchipping program aimed at animal identification, pet recovery, and rabies prevention.  More than 30,000 cats and dogs from 27 barangays and six villages will be implanted with PET iCHIPs by representatives of the city’s Veterinary Services Offices (VSO) over the next few months.


Mayor Abby Binay kicked off the program by having her own pets implanted with the PET iCHIPs this morning. The mayor brought her three pet dogs named Choco, a poodle, Lucia, a shih tzu, and Tory, a pug, to the session hall at City Hall where the launch was held.


Mayor Abby also encouraged residents including city government employees to take advantage of the free program and have their pets microchipped.


“These PET iCHIPs are your pets’ way back to you. Collars and tags can fall off or be removed but microchips will stay in place for many, many years. This technology will help pet owners like myself monitor the health and safety of our animals. It will help us become more responsible pet owners,” the mayor said.


VSO officer-in-charge Dr. Jing Mangahas explained that the microchip is a computer chip enclosed in a small glass cylinder which is no larger than a grain of rice. It is injected under the pet’s skin quickly and almost painlessly. It does not require any anesthesia.


The microchips, which use RFID technology, are implanted between the shoulder blades and contain a unique 15-digit code.  They serve as a permanent pet ID and are read by a microchip scanner. The codes give authorities access to the pet’s name, its owner’s name and address, attending veterinarian, as well as rabies vaccination records.  This, in turn, will help the VSO closely monitor and check the number of animals which have already been given anti-rabies shots.


Dr. Mangahas said that apart from the microchips, the VSO will also be issuing “pet passports” for each dog. This will assist owners who travel with their dogs as well as those who bring dogs in from abroad.


Makati is the first local government unit to implement a large-scale pet microchipping program. The technology has been used by private veterinarians for years, but the city government is providing it for free.


  Dr. Mangahas noted that the microchipping program will reduce the cost of redundant rabies vaccination for pet animals as well as humans.  It will also promote an absolute pet recovery program. The microchips can identify pets, prevent theft, monitor the pet's temperature and aid in disease monitoring. Likewise, it can trace breed and genealogy as well as assist in the transport and rescue of animals.


A study conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) revealed that microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2 percent of the time compared to only 21.9 percent  for dogs without microchips. At the same time, cats with microchips were returned to their owners 38.5 percent of the time compared to only 1.8 percent for cats who were not implanted with microchips.


The schedules for microchipping in each barangay will be posted by the VSO on the My Makati Facebook page.




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