Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being correctly identified and reunited with you if they were to become lost or stolen. Dogs, Cats and Rabbits can all be microchipped.
Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped with the owner’s details up to date at all times.
What is a pet microchip?
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is injected through the skin with a sterile needle. The chip is encased in a bio-compatible glass (the same material found in human pace-makers). The implantation of the chip is very quick and hurts no more than a routine vaccination.
How does it work?
When the microchip scanner is passed over the animal’s back radio waves from the scanner activate the microchip allowing its unique number to be read. This unique identification number is registered alongside all of your details on the national computer database.
What are the benefits of microchipping?
It is the most effective and secure way to permanently identify your pet.
All stray pets are routinely scanned for microchips by Vets, Dog wardens, RSPCA officers etc. The presence of a chip ensures their quick return home.
Microchipping is a requirement of the PETS Travel Scheme and is mandatory before a rabies vaccine or passport can be given.