Makati is the first local government unit in the country to introduce this kind of program for its estimated 30,000 plus “petizens” from 27 barangays and six villages. A pet cat or dog need only to be at least 300g heavy to qualify for a chip implant.
The Pet iChips, sourced from Plaridel Products and Services, Inc., come in small glass cylinders and no longer than a grain of rice. A chip can be quickly and painlessly injected under the pet's skin with no need for anesthesia, said Dr. Jing Mangahas, officer-in-charge of the Makati Veterinary Services Offices (VSO).
Mayor Abby Binay kicked off the program by having her dogs implanted with the Pet iChip during the launch. She encouraged her constituents, including city government employees to have their pets microchipped, too.
“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,” Binay said.
“We launched this to require our residents to have their pets vaccinated. In the process, we will have something like a pet census in our city,” Binay added.
Another beauty of this project is it could prevent redundant and costly rabies shots when a vaccinated dog or cat bites a person because the chip makes it easier to prove a pet's anti-rabies record. The chip is also a deterrent against pet theft.
Here's a video clip where, towards the end, Mayor Binay told her dog that nobody could steal her anymore after being chipped.
Mangahas told MetroPets that dogs caught by the city pound and are being retrieved by their true owners from Makati will also be vaccinated against rabies and implanted with a chip before they are released. -- MetroPets