Microchipping is the most common form of identification used for cats and dogs. As each microchip has a unique number, there is no mistaking one animal with another. It will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped from 6th April 2016, as well as dog tags, which all dogs are required to have by the Dog Control Act 1992. Tags must have the surname and address of the owner (Telephone number is not required but we highly recommend a mobile number).
It is very distressing when your animal goes missing, but you can make it easier for your pet to be reunited with you by having a microchip fitted. Vets, rescue centres and dog wardens all have microchip readers and when an animal is brought to them either lost or injured, they can scan the chip and contact the database provider to find the name and contact details of the owner.
There are several sorts of microchips available. Some take the pet's temperature, which you can read with a special reader, some have special coating to help prevent them from moving around inside the body, some are bigger, some smaller. They are easily inserted using a large needle into the scruff of the dog or cat.
The practice recommends Biotherm Microchips. These take the pet's temperature, have a coating to help stop them moving from where they were inserted and are registered with a 24/7 call centre. Once the pet has been scanned by a reader, the call centre can be contacted.
It is also possible to have a microchip fitted that will operate the door of a cat flap, allowing you to keep unwanted strangers out! A sample of these can be seen at each of our surgeries.
Microchips can be inserted during a routine appointment and there is a 10% discount if they are done when your pet is having its annual health check and vaccinations.
Please mention it to the receptionist when booking your appointment and they will make sure that the paperwork is ready before you arrive.