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Microchipping your pet

Whether you have a cat, dog or a rabbit, your pet can be microchipped. Microchipping your pet gives them the best possible chance of being returned to you if they become lost. Microchipping your dog is now compulsory (since 6 April 2016). The Vet team support this new legislation and actively encourage pet owners to get their pets microchipped.

Why Microchip your pet?

  • It is the law for all dogs to be microchipped since April 2016
  • Losing your pet can be devastating and although collars and tags are great, they can be removed or lost
  • Microchips last a lifetime as the tissue around the microchip holds it in place under the skin
  • A microchip gives your pet the best possible chance of being returned to you should they go missing.

Thousands of pets go missing every year. It could happen to anyone, your pet could wander off, get injured or even be stolen, so the team at The Vet want to help you easily prevent such a devastating occurrence.

What is a microchip and how does it work

A microchip is a small electronic device, that’s the same size as a grain of rice. This intricate little gadget is made of glass or biopolymer and encases a unique 15-digit code which directly links your information to your pet. The tiny microchip is inserted under the skin of your pet. The protective casing is specially designed so that the microchip won’t move around or cause a reaction to your pet’s skin and will last their whole lifetime. The microchip can be scanned, revealing the code which links to your contact details kept on a database.

To be able to place a microchip, you need to have the correct qualifications. Here at The Vet we have qualified nurses and vets who can implant microchips in the correct place between the shoulder blades of your pet.

It is similar to getting an injection, with little or no pain experienced – most pets do not even feel it being implanted. It can be done at the same time as neutering or another procedure if you would prefer your pet to be under anaesthetic.

The only time a dog is exempt is when a vet has confirmed that they cannot be microchipped for health reasons. If this is the case, your vet will supply an approved, completed form from the secretary of state for confirmation.

At The Vet microchipping costs start from £9.99 but please click here to see the price at your local clinic. All you have to do is bring your cat, dog or rabbit to The Vet (no appointment needed) and tell the receptionist you’d like a microchip for your pet.

Microchipping is the starting point: keeping details updated is key!

Did you know? 12 dogs per day are put down in the UK because the owners can’t be traced or contacted (even though the dogs are microchipped). So, it’s equally as important to ensure your pets microchip is kept up to date.

Your pet’s microchip contains vital information, including:

  • Your full name, address and contact details.
  • The breeder’s licence number and the local authority in which they are licenced (if applicable).
  • Your pet’s assigned identification number, name, gender, breed, date of birth and even their colour.

The new law that was enforced last April 2016 requires all dogs in England to be microchipped, it also means that all microchips must be up-to-date with the owner’s details. The microchip won’t work if the details aren’t current.

If your pet is found, they will be scanned at the veterinary practice or animal welfare shelter they have been taken to, the team will then contact the national 24-hour database to find your details and reunite your pet with you.

Where are your pets microchip details kept?

Over eight million pet owners trust Petlog with their information, and so do we. At The Vet, we use the Petlog database to store your pet’s details. Once your pet has been microchipped at The Vet, the team will add your microchip information to Petlog, this is the United Kingdom’s largest database, run by the Kennel Club. Click here to visit Petlog.

You can become a premium member on Petlog for a small fee and this will cover your pet for a lifetime’s worth of changing details, owners etc. enabling you to:

  • Send a 30-mile radius lost pet alert to registered vets, rescue centres and dog wardens
  • Update your details as often as you want through the mydog or mycat apps or online
  • Add holiday contact details when you’re away/abroad
  • Report your lost pet instantly via the mydog or mycat app, SMS, online or phone
  • Add emergency contact details
  • Download and create lost pet posters and templates

If you aren’t a premium customer with Petlog, we recommend you contact the Petlog team immediately if your pet goes missing. The team’s lost and found lines are open 24/7, 365 days a year and are based in the UK. They will also be able to change or update your pet’s microchip details – just tell them your pet’s 15-digit microchip number and your Petlog ID number (you can find both of these on your printed certificate which is given to you after we give your pet their microchip).

If you don’t know your pet’s ID number just pop into the clinic for a quick and easy scan, we can then get the number for you. It’ll only take a few seconds!

Failure to update details can lead to a warning, if this notice is ignored you could be fined up to £500, if you still don’t comply with the law after this your dog could be seized by an enforcer. So please be safe and a responsible owner and keep your details up-to-date.

If you would like to microchip your pet or would like more information, drop in during our consulting hours and our team can help!