Why should we microchip our pets? Is it worth it?
Every owner is legally obliged to ensure their dog is provided with a collar and tag, but these can get lost or can be removed if your dog is stolen. A microchip is permanent.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small electronic device the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and then entered on to the national data
base alongside the owners details.
How and where is the microchip implanted?
Using a specially designed implanting the device, the microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the dogs skin between the shoulde
r blades. Cats have it injected into the scruff of their neck in the same area a dogs. Exotic animal have the chip implanted on the left side of their body.
Does it hurt?
No, it does not hurt t
he dog. No anaesthetic is required and the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination.
Who has a scanner?
These can be found at most veterinary practices, local authorities and animal welfare groups.
How are the owners are traced?
If a stray animal is found to have a microchip, the local authority, vet practice or animal welfare organisation will contact the national 24 hour database to find the owners details. The owner can then be contacted and re united with their pet.
Where can I get my pet micro chipped?
Most veterinary practices in the uk can microchip your dog and cat as well as a growing number of local authorities and animal welfare groups. Some veterinary practices also have the ability to microchip exotic animals. Here at Hoylake vets we have chipped everything from terrapins to turtles and from snakes to parrots.
So why not have your pet micro chipped today?
Remember, micro chipping is a great way to identify your pet but you can only be reunited with a missing pet if your details are up to date. So if you move house or change your phone or email please call pet log on 08444633999 as soon as possible to let them know