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What is Microchipping for Dogs?

Microchipping for dogs is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your dog’s scruff.

The implanted microchip has a unique number, that can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including all Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre, local authorities and rescue homes have access too; making sure we have the details to contact you easily through the central microchipping database. Once your dog has been scanned and identified by its microchip, a phone call can reunite you with your pet.

Not just microchipping for dogs...

Microchipping is not only for dogs but for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrots, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by the team at Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre and Hospital. 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. You can be fined up to £500.00 if your dog is not microchipped. It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport. 

Microchipping procedure

The microchipping procedure causes minimal discomfort to your dog and can be carried out during a routine consultation, Sedation is not necessary for the implantation. If you aren't certain that your dog has been microchipped, a member of our Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre can easily scan your dog and check for a working chip. This is a normal part of our procedure, so rest assured, that your dog is in the hands of experts.

When you bring your dog to be microchipped, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre. All of our microchips conform to the ISO (International Standard) which means when used in the Pet Passport Scheme, all microchips can be recognised when scanned abroad. 

For more information, please contact our friendly, professional team.

At Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre, we offer a pet health plan which is an affordable payment plan for your dog to start benefitting from our services and treatments.



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