Thinking about microchipping your rabbit in Swindon? Rabbit 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. You may think, why would my rabbit need this? But it's surprisingly common for pet rabbits to jump their runs, escape their hutch, or dig their way out of your garden! Plus, as rabbits cannot comfortably wear a collar, a microchip is often the only suitable and permanent type of ID that your rabbit can receive.
Each microchip has a unique number, which is read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including all Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital branches, local authorities and rescue homes have access to. This ensures your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database whenever they are needed or in an emergency. After your rabbit has been identified by scanning their microchip, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Microchipping Your Rabbit
Some pet owners are surprised to hear that microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses. This procedure comes highly recommended by the whole team at all Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital branches.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip. This is because the procedure causes minimal discomfort and can even be completed in a routine consultation.
It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner, so if you're not sure whether your rabbit is already microchipped there's no need to worry. We can arrange for a member of the team at one of our Eastcott Vets Swindon branches to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, our team will always check that a pet hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
During your rabbit microchipping appointment, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a team member from our Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital branches. These details are kept on the database for your pet’s entire lifetime. But don't worry, 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. By keeping these details up to date you maximise the chances of hopefully being reunited with your rabbit if they were ever to go missing.
For more information, please call Eastcott Vets today to speak to one of our friendly team members. We have three branches that are across the Swindon area, so you can contact our branch that is most local to you!