Pet and Dog Microchipping

Did you know it is compulsory for your dog to be microchipped? This was introduced in April 2016.

In April 2016, a new law passed to making it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. However, microchipping isn’t just for dogs, so if you have a cat, rabbit, bird or even a tortoise, it’s a great idea to get them chipped too.

A pet microchip is an electronic device the size of a grain of rice, which is inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades using a device. Its biocompatible glass covering prevents it from being rejected from the body, and your pet’s tissue will grow around it to stop it moving under the skin.

Unlike collars and tags, a pet microchip cannot be easily lost or removed, making it a much more reliable form of identification. Each microchip carries a unique number that can only be read by using a electronic scanner, which then links to a national database which contains all of your contact information.

This means that if your pet ever wanders off and gets lost, it is much easier to locate them and reunite them with you. When your pet is found, a dog warden, rescue centre or veterinary centre can scan their chip and contact you to arrange their safe return.

Every staff member at Abbey Vets has had their pet microchipped and we recommend that you do the same – it really could be one of the most important decisions you make. Once your pet has been chipped, they are always carrying your contact details on them just in case they ever stray too far from home.

If you would like more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment at Abbey Vets to have your pet microchipped, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call a member of our friendly team today on 01226 242 217.