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How is a dog or a cat microchipped? How much does it cost?

Animals are electronically tagged through chipping. Using this technique, it is possible to identify the owner of a missing animal very quickly. The electronic chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, has a special number encoded on it. Around the neck or in the space between the shoulder blades, it is inserted subcutaneously. You can read the chip number with a special reader and, after checking in an electronic database, obtain information about the pet's owner. Electronic tagging is required in order to travel with your pet in European Union countries.

This service is available in Pethelp packages. Package prices start at 49 PLN/month.


Is microchipping safe?

Yes, the procedure is safe and practically painless. The implanted microchip does not have a battery, does not require software, and, if it comes from a certified source, is completely safe for animal health. In Poland, two sizes of microchips are used: the standard 2 x 12 mm and the smaller 1.4 x 8 mm, which is used for smaller animals. The polymer coating covering the microchip additionally prevents possible migration, and each implanted microchip is sterile.

What does the microchipping procedure look like? 

Microchip implantation is performed by a veterinarian. The microprocessor is inserted under the animal's skin with a special syringe. The process is short and does not cause permanent damage or pain. The injection is made using a disposable set consisting of a microchip needle and an injection syringe. After the procedure, the chip is checked with a special reader to see if it is in place. The doctor will select the appropriate size of the chip for your pet. Then the veterinarian will make an entry in the database or provide information to the pet's owner on how to do it yourself.

What information does the dog or cat chip contain? 

The microchip itself contains only a unique number, some of the digits of which indicate the country or manufacturer of the chip. It is a 15-digit number, which guarantees full identification in the event of its registration in the database. Apart from the number, the microprocessor does not store any other data (including personal data or a telephone number). Only during registration are the personal data of the owner and information about the animal's diseases or vaccinations.

Where can I do the procedure?

The procedure can be performed in most veterinary clinics throughout Poland. You don't have to prepare for it. If your pet was adopted from a shelter or foundation, it most likely already has a chip implanted. You can check it with the help of a reader (available in veterinary clinics, shelters, and local foundations). The health record book or passport should also contain information about the pet's microchip number.


  • How much does it cost to chip a dog or cat?

    Microchipping costs from 50 to 100 PLN. The price depends on the type and size of the chip and whether the doctor immediately enrolls the animal in the database or whether the owner himself makes an entry in the selected database. Each veterinary facility sets its own prices, and it is worth asking about the costs of a given service before the visit.

  • How long does it take to chip a dog or cat?

    The microchipping procedure is easy to perform and takes about 10 minutes.

  • When is it worth to chip a dog or cat?

    The procedure should be performed on any animal that has not been marked in this way. When applying for a passport for your pet, a chip is required. There is no age limit for this procedure.

  • How I should prepare a dog or cat for chip implementation?

    The treatment does not require any special preparation. However, before applying the chip, it is worth making sure that the animal has not been chipped before. This can be checked using a special reader.

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