Microchips are tiny (about the size of a grain of rice) and each have a unique number. This number can then be registered to a pet and enables them to be identified.
Information linked to the chip includes phone number(s), home address, guardian’s name and identifying information about the pet.
Microchips are invaluable if your pet becomes lost or is stolen. If found they should be scanned and would be able to be reunited with you. This means it is important to keep your details up to date.
Since 6th April 2016 it is the law that all dogs, over 8 weeks of age, in the UK are microchipped with up to date information. This means all puppies should be purchased already microchipped. You can be fined up to £500 if you fail to microchip your dog.
We offer packages to breeders looking at having litter’s microchipped (and vaccinated). We can microchip older dogs, who are not already done, at home. We can also microchip cats and rabbits at home.
We strongly recommend microchips in cats although there is no legal requirement. They are essential for reuniting lost cats who can sometimes accidentally end up far from home. It also enables you to use microchip reading cat flaps which prevent other cats entering your home. Even indoor only cats would be microchipped as these cats are more likely to get lost if they ever do get outside.
Microchips are implanted under the skin between the should blades via an injection. Depending on the animal, local anaesthetic cream can be used to limit any pain.
You can also ask Dr Katie to scan your pet’s microchip at any other visit to ensure it is working correctly.
You can book in for a microchip by contacting us.
To update your details e.g. if you move house, you must contact the database directly and there may be a charge. Microchips can be registered on one of many different databases. If you are unsure where your pet is registered contact one of the below databases and they should be able to point you in the correct direction.