It has now become compulsory for dogs to be microchipped in the UK and their details kept up to date. Although it is only compulsory for dogs to be microchipped in the UK, we recommend that cats are microchipped too. Microchipping your pet may help you to be reunited if they go missing.
Microchipping is a quick and relatively painless procedure. The microchip is around the size of a grain of rice and is placed using a wide bore needle. The chip is placed under the animals skin at the base of their neck (scruff).
Each microchip contains a unique code that is registered to the individual animal it is placed in. The unique code can be read with a microchip scanner. Once the chip has been placed owner contact and animal identification information is then registered to the Microchipping database. It is here that the information will be stored and can be accessed by Veterinary professionals to help reunite lost pets with their owners. It is very important that any change of contact information is kept up to date with the database, as this will help to reunite lost pets with owners.