In April 2016 a law came into effect that all dogs over eight weeks of age must be microchipped. Up to date details are held on the microchip database for identification purposes. Failure to have your dog microchipped could result in a fine and/or legel proceedings.
A microchip is a tiny implant less than the size of a grain of rice and is inserted into the loose skin at the base of the neck in between the shoulder blades (the scruff). This tiny chip has a unique number which is obtained when the animal is scanned using a hand held scanner. This helps veterinary professionals and rescue centers gain access to the registered owners contact details through one of the countries microchip databases.
As well as dogs we recommend all cats are microchipped as they have a greater tendency to wander than dogs. The majority of animals can be microchipped for added security and peace of mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Like the name suggests, a microchip is a tiny chip that is injected under the skin of your puppy/kitten – usually between the shoulder blades. Every microchip contains a unique code that is linked to a national registry. In the event that your pet gets lost, a vet or rescue shelter can scan the chip and access your contact details in order to reunite you.
Microchipping is a quick, safe and simple procedure which involves a needle being inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet and a device the size of a grain of rice is implanted, the procedure can cause a little discomfort and some pets may flinch or yelp. The good news is this pain is short lived and most pets will have forgotten about it before they leave the practice.
From April 2016 all dogs over 8 weeks are required to be microchipped. If your puppy isn’t already microchipped when you take them home, your vet can do the procedure at any time.
Microchips are made from biocompatible materials, which is a scientific way of saying that they last a lifetime. So, as long as you register your puppy’s microchip and keep your contact details up to date, microchipping means your puppy has the best chance of ending up back home.
This relatively inexpensive procedure is well worth it for a lifetime of peace of mind.