Microchipping for PetsA brief guide to the processes and the law regarding microchipping
As of 6th April 2016 the government made microchipping of all dogs over 8 weeks old compulsory in addition to all dogs having to wear an identification tag on their collar while in a public place. Read our brief guide below about the processes and law regarding microchipping.
A microchip is a very small electronic device, about the same size as a grain of rice that is implanted under your pet’s skin; it is designed to last the lifetime of your pet. Every chip has a unique 15-digit number stored within it that can be read from close range using a special scanner. Scanners are held by all veterinary surgeries, police stations and dog wardens.
Although no one likes to think of their pet getting lost or stolen, unfortunately it does happen, as each and every year thousands of pets go missing. Collar identification tags are a legal requirement for dogs, but are not the best solution in themselves as they can fall off, break, or be removed.
Microchips can be implanted in many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, reptiles and more! Your veterinary surgeon can implant the chip for you and some specialist pet centres may also have qualified personnel who can safely implant the chip.
Microchipping is a permanent solution that greatly increases the chances that a lost pet will be reunited safely with its owner. If a pet is stolen and recovered by authorities, a microchip might provide the only means to identify and contact the owner and get them home to you quickly and safely.
Our articles are not a replacement for face-to-face vet advice. It’s important to consult with your vet on a regular basis to raise any pet concerns that you may have.