By choosing to microchip, it will hugely increase your chances of being reunited with them, should they ever become lost or stolen. Read on to learn more about microchipping and contact our team to get your pet booked in.
The microchipping procedure involves a veterinary professional inserting a microchip, similar in size to a grain of rice, under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. This chip has a unique identification code which can be read by a pet microchip scanner. These are held by a veterinary practice, dog warden or animal charity.
This unique code will then be cross-examined with the pet microchip database. This database holds your pet’s details alongside your own so it is very important you keep your details up to date in case your pet does become lost. Our team will register the microchip and you will receive confirmation once this has been done.
This microchip will stay with your pet for life and our practice is happy to microchip a number of different animals; dogs, cats and rabbits are the most common!
It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped in the UK. If you choose not to have your pet microchipped, there is a greater risk of losing them permanently. There is also a £500 fine if your dog becomes known to the authorities as not microchipped, so for a small procedure that can be done at any appointment, it really is not worth the risk.
Cat microchipping is also now compulsory in England, with all cats over 20 weeks old needing a microchip implanted by the 20th June 2024.
If you plan to travel abroad with your pet, they must be microchipped along with other health requirements. Visit our Pet Travel page for more information and contact us to get your pet’s microchipping booked in by clicking the button below or using PetsApp.