Identifying your pet
Microchipping is the only reliable and permanent way of identifying your pet. A small ‘chip’, enclosed within a tiny ceramic envelope only slightly larger than a grain of rice, is placed beneath the skin above the shoulder blades using a needle only slightly larger than that used for booster jabs. No sedation or anaesthetic is required; the majority of dogs and cats are unbothered by the procedure. Details of your pet, together with contact details for you and your family, are then forwarded to a central database.
Should your pet stray, electronic scanners are carried by dog wardens and RSPCA officers; these scanners can read this chip just like a barcode reader in a supermarket. The finder can then phone the relevant database who will identify you as the owner and arrange swift return of your pet to you. This is especially valuable when you are on holiday in another area. Microchipping can also serve as a way of proving your ownership of an animal; in case of dispute you can produce the paperwork which accompanied his registration.
Microchipping has been compulsory for all dogs since 2016.
We would not suggest waiting until then as the advantages are clear and immediate!
Two forms of chip are available from the Centre:
• Basic chip - carrying a number which is linked to your details held on a central database
Standard Price £1576 incl vat
• Biotherm chip - carrying the identification number but also with the ability to relay
the pet’s body temperature, saving the indignity of having to take a rectal temperature!
Standard Price £25.61 incl vat
Remember that legally all dogs must still carry a disc on a collar with a contact number on it. The Practice can order discs for you that will put your details on the front and, should you wish, our number on the back so that in case of accident it is known to which vet your pet should be taken.
Cat-flaps provide ease of access for your cat, but also for unwanted intruders! Technology has allowed the development of cat flaps which can be taught to recognise ‘chips’ allowing in those cats allowed access and excluding visitors. The Centre stocks the Sure-Flap system of cat flaps which are compatible with the Identichip chips that we use.