To book an appointment or to access one of our services, please contact us. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing, the practice team will take your pet inside and provide you with updates via phone. Please note lead times might be slightly longer than usual. Please click here to find out more.

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 of horses

Defra’s new equine identification regulations which came into force on Monday 1 October 2018, legally require every horse, pony and donkey to be microchipped and possess a valid UK passport, with details stored in the Central Equine Database (CED).

All horses born after 30 June 2009 are already required to be microchipped. Owners of horses born before this date will have TWO YEARS from 1 October 2018 to get their equines microchipped.

Any changes in a horse’s ownership or status — for example, if they are put down, lost, stolen or signed out of the food chain — will need to be notified to the passport issuing organisation. The organisation will then have 24 hours to update the CED.

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.

For more information, please contact our friendly team.

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