Microchipping your Pet
A microchip is a tiny, glass inert capsule the size of a grain of rice containing an identification number linking you to your pet. If the unthinkable happens and your pet wanders away then a vet, rescue centre or dog warden will use a small hand-held scanner to detect the microchip number. This number is registered with one of the microchipping companies when contacted, will check their database, confirm your contact details and you will then be reunited with your pet.
The chip is injected between your pets shoulder blades in just a few moments in fact, by the time you have completed the paper work the procedure will have been completed.
Important : you must remember to update your pets registration information should you change address or rehome your pet.
The law changed
From the 6 April 2016 it became compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be fitted with microchips.
Check out our Facebook page for details on local microchipping events. Also visit the Dogs Trust site www.chipmydog.org.uk for information on getting your dog chipped for free.
So don’t delay and get it done today! A microchip will makes it much easier to reunite you with your dog if it goes missing. Microchipping will reduce the burden on animal charities and local authorities and help protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership. If you have a dog without a microchip which comes to the attention of the authorities, you may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine!
After - microchipping advice
Your pet has just had a microchip injected into the skin at the back of the his/her neck.
Microchips are very small (the size of a small grain of rice) and the pet will not be aware of the microchip in the long term at all.
However, for a few days the area at the back of the neck may be tender and so you should take care to avoid stroking or rubbing this area during this time.
Most pets have no side effects from microchipping but if you are concerned about your pet you should seek Veterinary advice immediately.