Why should my pet be microchipped?
While collars and tags can get caught or removed, microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.
Microchipping dogs is a legal requirement in England, Scotland and Wales. This is intended to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, relieve the burden on animal charities and local authorities, and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.
The government has announced that microchipping of pet cats will be made compulsory.
What is Microchipping?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. When this chip is scanned it displays your pet's unique identification number. This identification number is logged on a national database, which is matched against your contact details which you supply at the time of microchipping.
When a missing pet is found, an animal professional, such as a vet or dog warden, will scan the pet to reveal the microchip’s unique code, and contact the microchip database the pet is registered with. Security checks will be performed before releasing your contact details to the animal professional, so that your pet can be reunited with you.
Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details. The same applies if your pet is rehomed, so that the new owner's details are logged with the database company.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that provides peace of mind and will last for your pet’s lifetime.
For your pet to travel abroad they will need to be microchipped.