Did you know that from April 2016 you are legally required to have your dog microchipped? Join the 5,000 others that have their pet microchipped every single week to avoid being fined up to £500 for either not having your dog microchipped, or having their details incorrect on the microchip e.g. if you have moved address.
Microchipping is a procedure that provides animal services access to your contact information. This has proven invaluable on a number of occasions at Bay Vets, especially in cases where animals have gone missing.
Microchipping is a quick, simple procedure. A chip (the size of a grain of rice) is inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades using a special device. The biocompatible glass covering prevents it from being rejected from the body, and your pet’s tissue will grow around it to stop it from moving under the skin.
When a microchip is scanned, a number that is unique to that chip will be revealed. It is under this number that your contact details will be stored on a national computerised database.
The database can be accessed 24/7, including bank holidays. This means that should your pet go missing, animal services will be able to scan them and find your contact information within a matter of minutes.
Animal services that carry microchip scanners include all veterinary practices, dog wardens, The Dogs Trust and animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA.
Every member of the team at Bay Vets has their pet microchipped; we highly recommend that you do the same. Once your pet is chipped you can rest assured that should anything happen to them, they are carrying your contact details with them.
If you would like more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment at Bay Vets to have your pet microchipped, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.