Every year thousands of family pets get lost or go missing. Many lost pets are never reunited with their owners as they cannot be identified.
Getting your pet microchipped gives it the best possible chance of being reunited with you if it becomes lost. Tragically we see many cats brought in by members of the public that have been seriously injured, for example involved in a road traffic accident. If they have a microchip then the owner can be involved in the sometimes difficult decision making process regarding the best course of action for your pet.
What is Microchipping?
A microchip is a small capsule hardly bigger than a grain of rice that is designed to sit comfortably under your pet’s skin. It contains an electronic identification device which carries a unique number that can be read by an external reader. It is suitable for use in dogs, cats, horses, birds, small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and even reptiles such as snakes, lizards and tortoises. The microchip is implanted under the skin by a quick, easy injection – in dogs and cats this is done in the scruff of the neck. This does not require sedation or an anaesthetic and once done the chip will remain in your pet for life, providing a permanent invisible means of identifying your pet. When your pet is microchipped we will register it with a secure central database which carries the number of the microchip, details of your pet and your contact details. If your personal details change these can be easily updated on the database.
What happens if my pet is lost?
All veterinary practices, local authorities and most animal charities have microchip readers. Any stray animal presented to them will be checked for a microchip. If one is found the central database will be notified and they will contact you to quickly tell you where your pet is.
Why should I get my pet microchipped?
- We would strongly advise that all pets should be microchipped.
- It will enable them to be reunited with their owners if lost or missing.
- It cannot be lost in the same way as a collar and tag.
- It is a cheap secure way of improving your pet’s safety.
- If you aim to take your pet abroad with you it is a requirement of the Pet Travel Scheme.
How can I get my pet microchipped?
Telephone the surgery for an appointment with one of our nurses who can quickly implant and register your pet.