Thousands of pets go missing in the UK every year. This causes owners to fret, worry and suffer more heartbreak than you could possibly imagine.
In recent years though, pet microchips have played a huge part in reuniting lost loved ones with their owners. It has been mandatory to microchip dogs since 2016, and the government introduced mandatory cat microchipping in 2021 too. Since October 2020 it has also been mandatory for all owners to chip their horses, ponies and donkeys.
But crucially, pets still won’t be found unless somebody scans them. Microchip scanners are commonly used by rescue centres and vets. But if you regularly come by stray cats where you live, it is also a great item to have to hand. It cuts out the need to go to the vet with your rescue, reducing stress for everyone involved.
You may also want to have one to hand to check your pet’s microchip regularly and ensure it hasn’t moved. It is good to also check it still matches up with the records held by the microchip company.
Not all microchips can be read by every scanner. It is best to buy one which is universal and can read any chip. The majority of modern microchips are ISO standard but some non-ISO still exist. You also want something rechargeable, with a good battery life, and which is easy to read.
So to help you find a perfectly portable scanner with advanced technology and insights, we’ve scoured the market to find the very best pet ID finders on the market!