Microchipping is a method of identifying a pet, once inserted into your pet, your details are registered specific to that chip, providing an accurate means of identifying your pet if they become lost.
From April 2016 it will become compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped.
With the unique code, Veterinary Surgeons, Pet Rescue Centres, Dog Wardens and the Police can then access a secure database to discover the identity of the pet and its owner.
What is involved? - The microchip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades using a specially designed needle.
Does it hurt? - Most animals will tolerate the implantation of their microchip in the same manner as any other injection they may have received. Occasionally some animals, particularly very small puppies and kittens, experience mild discomfort, however this is usually short lived. If you wish you can discuss any concerns with our staff.
What are the benefits? - If your pet goes missing or is injured and taken to a Veterinary Practice or rescue centre, it will take minutes to locate their information and contact you. - Your pet only needs to be identichipped once and their details will remain on the database for their life. Specially designed cat flaps can be programmed with your pets ID number to ensure only your cats can enter your home.
Microchipping is one of the only forms of permanent identification, which is required by the Pet Travel Scheme and the BVA (British Veterinary Association) for hip and elbow scoring.