Collars and tags are often used as identification for your pets, but these can very easily be lost.
Microchipping is a permanent way of identifying your pet and gives the best chance of them being reunited with you should they become lost.
A microchip is a tiny radiochip (about the size of a grain of rice), which is easily implanted by a needle under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades.
This has a unique identification number which is logged on a central database with all your contact details (all the personal details associated with the chip are kept securely and only passed on to registered premises e.g. vets, rescue societies).
It is important that once your pet is microchipped that you keep all your details up to date should you move or change telephone numbers. This is a straight forward procedure and can be carried out in a routine consultation.
From April 2016, legislation came into place which made it compulsory for all dogs over 8 weeks of age to be microchipped and for the owner details to be kept up to date, failure to comply with this could result in a fine of up to £500.
Any stray animal being brought into our practices or Pride Veterinary Centre are automatically scanned for a chip, if one is found we contact the central database to obtain the owners details and it is always a pleasure to be able to reunite lost pets.
If you are also planning to travel with your pets microchipping is a vital part of the PETS travel scheme.
It’s not just dogs and cats that can be microchipped. Other species such as rabbits, birds and tortoises can also be chipped.
At Scarsdale Vets we encourage as many pets to be microchipped as possible as an aim to try and avoid heartache when pets go missing and give the best opportunity of them being reunited and back to the safety of their own home.
Contact your local practice for any further information or to arrange a microchipping appointment.