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Hannah Bamford - BVSc MRCVS

Hannah Bamford explains more about microchipping your pet – and the range of pets that can be microchipped


Under the new law in 2015 all dogs must now be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. The only exception for this is if a vet has certified that the dog should not be microchipped for health reasons.

We are still seeing dogs that aren’t microchipped. This is important in case they escape or are found by other people. It is important that we can get hold of owners quickly, especially in the cases of injury.

If you collect a puppy from a breeder over the age of 8 weeks old they should already be microchipped. If they are already microchipped then you need to ensure that you update the details the chip is registered to so they reflect your current name, address and contact numbers.
We are happy to microchip both adult dogs and puppies if they are not already microchipped.


Whilst it is not a legal requirement to microchip cats, we definitely recommend having this done as some cats can roam large distances. This is so that we can reunite lost and injured pets that are brought in to us by a member of the public.

We are happy to microchip them either in a consult or under anaesthetic when they are neutered.


Rabbits can also be microchipped. The chip goes in the same place as it does in a cat and a dog and is very useful in case your rabbit escapes or burrows under fences.


We microchip a wide range of more exotic species including tortoises, ferrets and birds. We may have to give some species (especially small birds) a small amount of anaesthetic gas in order to allow accurate placement.