Dog Microchipping & Cat Microchipping at Eastcott Vets
Microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under your pet’s skin. The procedure is quick and painless.
Each microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including all Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital branches, local authorities and rescue homes have access too; ensuring your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database. Once your pet has been scanned and identified by their microchip, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by all the team at Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital.
It is now also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, and all puppies must be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age before ownership is transferred from the breeder. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped. Microchipping is also a legal requirement if you are planning to travel overseas with your pet.
Microchipping your pet at Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital in Swindon
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. And don't worry if you can't recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped – one of our team can easily check for a microchip using a scanner. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
At the time of implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form. Your contact details will then be submitted to a national database by a Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital team member. Your details are kept on the database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible. At Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members.