Microchipping your pet

Microchipping of all dogs in England will be compulsory from 6th April 2016.  Owners could face fines of up to £500 if they fail to comply.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic device, which is about the size of a grain of rice. It carries a microchip coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

The microchip is implanted beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. The process feels like a small pinch or mild sting – a bit like a minor injection. The pet does not feel the chip at all after it has been inserted.

Microchipping is not exclusive to dogs – other pets can be microchipped too.

What happens if my microchipped pet goes missing?

Dog wardens and vets who hold a scanner can check if a stray is microchipped and discover the owner’s details through accessing a protected database. If a pet has been microchipped he or she can then be returned to the owner easily and quickly.

Please visit our lost and found page for more information on what to do if you pet goes missing, or if you find a lost pet.

What do I need to do once my pet has been chipped?

Blake Vets will register the unique microchip number with a computerised database. However, it is essential that you update your personal details where necessary, such as after a change of address. You must also register the details of any new owners before you sell or give your pet away.

Our Health Club for cats and dogs offers 40% off microchipping. Click here for more information.

 

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