Microchipping is an invaluable tool for keeping pets safe
Discovering your pet has gone missing isn’t fun, but if you’ve had them microchipped then you’ll be able to bring them home again much more easily and quickly.
That’s why we strongly recommend that all our patients have their dog, cat, rabbit, small furry or reptile microchipped. It’s so important, every single member of our team has had their own pets microchipped.
Remember – as of the 6th of April 2016, it became a legal requirement in the UK to have your dog microchipped. If they’re caught without one, you could face a fine of up to £500.
How does microchipping work?
Microchipping is a quick, painless procedure where a chip (the size of a grain of rice) is inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Once in place, the special biocompatible glass covering will prevent the chip from being ejected from your pet’s body. Your animal’s skin tissue will also close around it, keeping it in place.
When a microchip is scanned using a specialist scanner, a unique code will be revealed. Your contact details will be stored on a national computerised database called Pet Log, under this code.
This can be accessed 24/7 and, in many cases, pet owners are informed of their animal’s whereabouts before they even realise they’ve gone missing.
There are a number of animal services that hold specialist microchip scanners. They include:
- Veterinary practices
- Dog wardens
- The National Canine Defence League
- Animal Welfare Organisations such as the RSPCA
For more information on microchipping, please visit the PetLog website.
Have your pet micro-chipped for peace of mind – call 01444 456886 to make an appointment