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A microchip is a very small chip (the size of a grain of rice) that allows your pet to be identified when it is found and scanned. Each microchip has a unique number that can be read by portable scanners at most vets, local authorities and rescue shelters. It is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. Sedation is not necessary as this procedure causes minimal discomfort.

There is also a microchip available called a “Thermochip” which, when scanned, provides us with a good guide to your pet’s body temperature. This means that we can usually take your cat or dog’s temperature without having to use a rectal thermometer.

Why should I have my pet microchipped?

  • A microchip is a permanent means of identifying your pet. Collars and tags can easily be lost or removed. However, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar with an identity disc.
  • Should your pet get lost, the microchip system allows the vet/animal warden to contact you as quickly as possible once your pet is found. This is very important if your pet is injured/ill.
  • Pets travelling abroad are required to be microchipped as part of the Pet Travel Scheme (Pet Passport).

How can I be traced if my pet is found?

At the time of implant we ask you to complete a registration form and your details are then submitted to a single national database. This information is kept for life and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation. Once the chip number has been identified, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. It is important to update any changes in personal contact details. Our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can therefore be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.