Microchipping is a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of eight weeks. We also provide microchipping for cats and other small animals.
In the UK, it is a legal requirement dogs over the age of eight 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 they are essential to enable travelling abroad.
Almost all pets can be microchipped, even birds and reptiles. The process can be performed at any age, although typically puppies and kittens are chipped along with their initial vaccines.
The chips 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 unaware of its presence.
How does it work?
Each microchip has a unique number, which is registered on a national database along with the owners' contact details.
If a stray animal is found it is scanned for its microchip, allowing to be returned to its owners – as long as it has a microchip and contact details are kept up to date.
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.