Dog microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff. It is a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped, and if you do not comply you risk not only getting fined up to £500.00, but also losing your pet!
Each microchip has a unique number, that 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 to; which means that all your contact details can be easily acquired through the central microchipping database. Once your dog has been scanned and then identified through their microchip, a single phone call can reunite you with your pet.
As well as dog microchipping you can also arrange for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses to be microchipped and this procedure comes highly recommended by our team at Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital. Plus, it's now 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 £500.00 if your dog is not microchipped. It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of a microchip as the procedure causes only minimal discomfort and can even be done in a routine consultation. There's also no need to worry if you can't recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped - as it is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. A member of the team at one of our Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital branches can arrange to scan your pet, checking for a working chip. Rest assured, we will always check that your dog hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
When it's time to implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by an Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital team member. These details are then kept on the central microchipping database for your pet's lifetime, and this service is included within the initial cost of implanting the microchip.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible, as if your dog ever escapes your garden, slips its collar, or gets lost on a walk, these details can be used to help reunite you! Plus, at Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital, our microchips all comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, even be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme. Plus, your dog will need to be microchipped if you want to get them a Pet Passport and allow them to travel abroad with you!
For more information, please contact one of our team members. At Eastcott Vets we have three branches, so get in touch with the practice most local to your home address today.