Every year, more than 6,000 pets go missing. Here’s how to make sure yours comes back.
There’s no guarantee that a collar and tag will stay with your pet but there are no such worries with a microchip. A microchip is a tiny electronic chip (the size of a grain of rice) which is injected into your pet as simply and quickly as any other injection. Then if your pet goes missing it’s as if it has its own barcode. Stray pets are routinely scanned for the microchip by vets, rescue kennels, stray dog homes, etc. This brings up the computer record with your details and in moments the pet’s owner and details will be known. We can microchip your pet and give you instant peace of mind. Book your appointment today.
What is microchipping and what does it do?
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.
Each microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including all Village Vet 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 Village Vets. 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 £500.00 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.
Microchipping at Village Vet
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 – It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at one of our Village Vets branches to scan your pet and check for a working chip. 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, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Village Vets 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 Village Vets, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members at one of our practices by calling the branch most local to your home address or book an appointment online.
Spread the cost of essential healthcare
The Pet Health for Life is a plan designed by Village Vet to give your pet the very best in preventative health. You will have access to our expert team of veterinary health care professionals throughout the year. Spread the cost of your pet’s essential healthcare, including microchipping.