In the UK, it is a legal requirement dogs over the age of 8 weeks are microchipped. However, we would recommend all pets have a microchip. Microchipping is the best way to provide permanent identification for your pet. This means that if your pet was missing, you have the best chance of being reunited. We can also use chips for proof of ownership and are essential in the pet passport scheme to enable travelling abroad.
Almost all pets can be microchipped, even birds and reptiles. Microchipping can be performed at any age, typically puppies and kittens are chipped along with their initial vaccines. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are injected into the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The injection is quick and does not require an anaesthetic. The microchip is silicone coated like a human pacemaker, meaning your pet is blissfully unaware of it.
How does a microchip work?
Each microchip has a unique number, this number along with the owners' contact details are registered on a national database.
All stray animals found are scanned, if a microchip is found the database can be accessed and the owner notified.
It is important you keep your contact details up to date, especially phone numbers. Without the correct details, your pet's microchip is useless.
Microchipping your pet and remembering to keep your details up to date gives you the peace of mind, should your pet go missing you have the greatest chance of them being returned.