Every year, thousands of lost pets are picked up by the RSPCA. Reuniting these pets with their owners can be difficult, as many of them cannot be reliably identified. This is obviously very distressing for both pets and owners. By ensuring your pet has a microchip registered with your current contact details, you are giving them the best chance of being reunited with you, should they become lost or stolen. At Portland Vets we can microchip a wide variety of pets, including exotic animals. To find out more or to make an appointment for your pet, use the button below.
Microchipping is a legal requirement for dogs in the UK, with the legislation changing in 2016. All puppies and dogs over 8 weeks old must be permanently identifiable by the placement of a microchip. They also should be legally identified by wearing a collar and tag.
This law does not yet apply to cats, but microchipping is soon going to be mandatory for all cats over 20 weeks of age. Traditional collars and engraved tags can become detached and lost, but microchipping is a reliable and permanent form of identification.
Did you know that some rabbits, guinea pigs, and other exotic pets can be microchipped? They just need to be big enough for the tiny microchip.
Veterinary practices, the police, and pet rescue organisations have special handheld microchip scanners that detect and read the information on the microchip placed under your pet’s skin, so they can be identified and reunited with you.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is quickly and easily inserted under your pet’s skin by your vet and contains a unique ID code. This code, along with information about your pet, is stored on a central database.
Don’t take the chance – get your pet microchipped now.
Microchipping can be done for as little as £25 (including the registration) and can be completed during a normal veterinary appointment. Contact our clinic if you have any further questions about microchipping your pet.