As of 6th April 2016 the government made microchipping of all dogs over 8 weeks old compulsory in addition to all dogs having to wear an identification tag on their collar while in a public place. Read our brief guide below about the processes and law regarding microchipping.

Although no one likes to think of their pet getting lost or stolen, unfortunately it happens a lot , each and every year thousands of pets go missing. Collar identification tags are a legal requirement for dogs, but are not the ideal solution in themselves as they can break, fall off, or be removed.

A microchip is a small electronic device, about the same size as a grain of rice that is implanted under your pet?s skin; it is designed to last the lifetime of your pet. Every chip has a unique 15-digit number stored within it that can be read from close range using a scanner. Scanners are held by veterinary surgeries, dog wardens and police stations

Microchips can be implanted in many animals including dogs, cats ?and more! Your veterinary surgeon can implant the chip for you .

Microchipping is a permanent solution that greatly increases the chances that a lost pet will be reunited safely with its owner. If a pet is stolen and recovered by authorities, a microchip might provide the only means to identify and contact the owner and get them home to you quickly.

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