Pet Microchipping is a permanent ID system used to track the owners and address information in the case of a pet being lost or stolen. The process involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff. It is an excellent and highly recommended step in responsible pet ownership.
Each microchip once inserted has a unique identity number, which is picked up by a portable scanner.
Most vets, local authorities and rescue centres have one; meaning your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database. The contact number and address information must stay updated as they change – it is easy to do this online. Once your pet has been scanned and identified by their microchip, you will be able to quickly be reunited with your pet, preventing any more stress for both of you in the unfortunate situation you become separated.
Dog & Cat Microchipping
Alder Veterinary Practice highly recommends microchipping for all pets. It is now also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, and all puppies must be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age before ownership is transferred from the breeder. There is an up to £500.00 fine if your dog is found is not microchipped.
If you are not sure if your pet had a microchip or not- we can easily check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Alder Veterinary Practice to scan your pet and check for a working chip. We will all always ensure to check that an animal has not already got a pet microchip before implanting a new one.
What Happens During the Pet Microchipping Procedure?
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation.
At the time of implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Crofts Veterinary Practice team member. Your details are kept on the database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible. At Crofts Veterinary Practice, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members at our practice in Guildford, Surrey.