Why should I microchip my pet?
Microchipping is recognised internationally as the most effective way of permanently identifying your dog or cat. Collars and discs may fall off or be removed but a microchip is in place for life.
What is a microchip?
The microchip is little larger than a grain of rice. It is encased in the same substance used to coat human pacemakers to help prevent rejection. The microchip is inserted into the loose skin on the back of the dog or cat’s neck in a similar way to vaccination. It causes the animal minimal discomfort and is a quick and easy process.
Each microchip carries your pet’s own unique number. This is entered into a national database along with your pet’s details and your name, address and contact numbers.
When an electronic scanner is passed over your pet, the microchip number is read and displayed on the scanner. By contacting the database with this number, your details can be given out to reunite you and your pet if you are separated.
The scanners are used by all agencies associated with lost and found pets, including animal welfare agencies, veterinary practices and dog wardens.
The Pet Travel Scheme
Having your dog or cat chipped is a prerequisite of the Pet Travel Scheme, enabling you to take them abroad with you.
Your pet must be microchipped before we can give the necessary Rabies vaccine required by the scheme.
How can I get my pet microchipped?
We can microchip your pets during any routine visit to the practice. Kittens or puppies can be chipped at the time of first or second vaccination or a separate appointment can be made with a vet or a nurse. Alternatively, microchipping can take place when your pet is neutered (castrated or spayed).
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