Microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff.
Each microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including all Animal Ark Veterinary Centre, local authorities and rescue homes have access too; ensuring your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database. Once your pet has been scanned and identified by their microchip, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by all the team at Animal Ark Veterinary Centre. It is now also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, and all puppies must be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age before ownership is transferred from the breeder. You can be fined up to £500.00 if your dog is not microchipped. It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport.
Microchipping at Animal Ark Veterinary Centre
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. And don’t worry if you can’t recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped – It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Animal Ark Veterinary Centre to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
At the time of implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by an Animal Ark Veterinary Centre team member. Your details are kept on the database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible. At Animal Ark Veterinary Centre, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
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What is microchipping?
- It is about the size of a grain of rice and stores a unique identification number.
- The microchip is inserted in between your pet’s shoulder blades.
- A scanner waved over the microchip reveals the microchip number.
Why should I microchip my pet?
- Once microchipped, your name and address is entered along with the microchip number onto a national database.
- If your pet is subsequently lost or stolen, a scanner passed over the implanted microchip will reveal the number.
- The database is checked for that number and your details are provided which allows you to be contacted
- A new innovation is a microchip that also contains an inbuilt thermometer.
- This allows your pet’s temperature to be taken by merely waving the scanner over the microchip, removing any stress caused when putting a thermometer up your pet’s bottom.