Microchipping is the insertion of a microchip into our pets. A microchip is a small chip about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted into the pet. Each microchip is embedded with a unique 15 digit number –
your pets own microchip number. When your pet is scanned for a microchip, this is what the scanner picks up.
How is a microchip inserted?
A microchip is inserted by injection into the scruff at the back of the neck. The needle is bigger than a vaccination needle so some discomfort is possible, which is why some people prefer to have it done whilst their pet is being neutered.
Once your pet has been microchipped we will automatically register your pets’ microchip on the database, this will link your pets’ microchip number to your contact details. You will receive a certificate of this through the post.
As from 6th April 2016 all dogs must be micro-chipped and registered on the database – with all details up to date and correct by law.
Puppies must be chipped by the time they are 8 weeks of age.
There are no age restrictions on this law, so even older dogs must be done.
If your pet is already micro-chipped make sure your details are up to date.
If you fail to have your pet micro-chipped or fail to keep your records up to date you could be issued with a penalty notice and fine of up to £500, a lot more than £10 for a microchip!