Microchipping your pet

Microchipping your pet

In April 2016 the government brought in new legislation making it compulsory that all dogs are microchipped. The government are now moving towards including cats in the compulsory microchipping requirement.

Microchipping is one of the easier ways to recognise ownership and to help reunite lost or stolen pets.

It can be done by any veterinary practice and the procedure is quite simple to carry out.
A needle is inserted into the scruff of the pet’s neck and places the microchip under the skin. This microchip resembles the size and shape of a grain of rice.

Once implanted the owners’ details are uploaded onto a database alongside the unique microchip number. When this number is entered into the database it provides all the owners information, including their contact number.

Always confirm that your contact details are correct with your vet before registering the chip.

This type of microchip does not provide GPS tracking and can only be accessed by a microchip scanner which displays the unique microchip number.

Failure to comply with these regulations could mean that owners face a fine of up to £500.
Dogs and cats are not the only pets that can have a microchip implanted, rabbits and ferrets are also a popular pet that can be booked in for a microchip.

Although there is no date as to when cats will require this, additional information can be found on the government website
Cat microchipping to be made mandatory – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you have any questions regarding this process, please get in touch with phil@wallsendonline.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.