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The Low-Down on Microchipping

The Facts

  • A microchip is tiny, around the size of a grain of rice
  • It is inserted under the skin, around the shoulder-blades, using a similar procedure to a vaccination
  • Each microchip has its own unique code, which is then registered to that animal
  • The microchip details are stored on a national register
  • It is your responsibility to ensure any change of telephone number or address is kept updated on the register by a simple phone call or on-line
  • If an animal is scanned, its owner's details can be found by matching the micro-chip number to the database
  • In 2016 it will be the law for every dog to be microchipped

Misconceptions

It's too painful

Microchips are just like vaccinations. Some dogs/cats are bothered about it, whereas others don't even react! It is a moment of discomfort for a lifetime of security. If your pet is lost, they are far more likely to find their way back to you if they are microchipped. We have so many cats brought into our Centre as strays that have at one point at least had loving homes, but it is nearly impossible to track down the owners without a microchip.

My cat/dog wears a collar and tag so they don't need a microchip

Collars and tags are easily lost or removed whereas microchips are permanent. All dogs by law must wear a tag at all times with their owner's contact details but that does not mean that they don't need a microchip. Cats in particular can often easily remove collars, especially if they are wisely wearing a safety collar. 

I've heard that microchips are dangerous

There is no evidence that microchips cause any harm to animals implanted with them.

Ok, so what do I need to do now?

Either book in with your local vets, or book an appointment with us. We charge £10 to microchip a dog or a cat and vet costs will vary. You will complete paperwork which the implanter will then send off for registration - you don't have to do anything!

Just remember to contact the microchip company (using the contact details on your copy of the registration form) if you change your contact numbers and/or your address. Microchips are only effective and worth-while if your details are kept up to date.