What is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a permanent ID system, it involves a chip being injected under the skin of the scruff. A microchip is a very small chip placed under the skin of your pet. Each microchip has a unique number can be read by portable scanners at most vets, local authorities and rescue homes. Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
It is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. All puppies must be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age and before ownership is transferred from the breeder.
If your pet gets lost, the microchip system allows the vet to contact you as quickly as possible, once your pet is found.
Pets travelling abroad are required to be microchipped as part of the Pet Travel Scheme (Pet Passport).
Microchipping your pet in Ledbury
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. And don't worry if you can't recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped - It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
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 24 hours 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.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members at our practice by calling the branch most local to your home address.
For more information, please contact our friendly team.