Pet microchipping is an important part of pet ownership, helping to identify your animal if they ever get lost, stolen or injured. If you own a dog, it is a legal requirement to have them microchipped. The regulations regarding microchipping changed in 2016 and now any dog over 8 weeks of age must be able to be permanently identified by a microchip, as well as wearing a collar and tag.
The regulations for cat owners are slightly different in that new legislation is coming into force which states that all cats over 20 weeks of age should be microchipped.
To book your pet in to have their microchip implanted, contact our East Grinstead practice today.
Every year, dog wardens and the RSPCA pick up thousands of lost pets. Reuniting them with their owners proves tricky if they cannot be reliably identified which is distressing for both the pets and their owners.
Once microchipped, it is very important that you keep your details up to date on the microchip database. The microchip has to be implanted by a veterinary surgeon and is no larger than a grain of rice. Each microchip contains a unique ID code which corresponds to your pet’s details in a central database. Both veterinary practices and police have handheld scanners that detect the microchip and read the unique ID code, therefore identifying your pet and helping to reunite you without delay.
The cost of microchipping your pet is approximately £25 including the registration and we can chip all sorts of pets, such as rabbits, tortoises, birds and more.
Contact our clinic to book your pet in for their microchip today.