A microchip is a small capsule about the size and appearance of a grain of rice. It is fitted under the skin of the pet’s neck for identification purposes. In practice, the chip is fitted using a relatively thick needle.

A microchip makes it possible to find out a dog’s owner using, for example, the site www.siruhaku.fi.

It is fitted for puppies that will be registered before they go to their new home, usually by a vet during a puppy check-up. All dogs in Finland must have a microchip from year 2023 forward.

Show and breeding cats must also be microchipped.

A microchip is also mandatory when travelling abroad, as is an EU pet passport.
We recommend you check any other rules and regulations relating to travel on the Finnish Food Authority’s website.