What is a pet microchip?
A microchip is a small tube about the size of a grain of rice containing a unique 15 letter code (identification number). This number is registered on the National Register database and should also be noted down on your pet's vaccination record. The chip is made of an inert material which means it has no power source and won't be rejected by your pet's body. To retrieve your pet's identification number, a scanner is passed over their body. The scanner sends out a magnetic field, which picks up the 15 number code imprinted on the chip. The code then automatically shows up on the scanner's screen and the owner can be identified and contacted via the database. Most animal welfare centres and vets have scanners which can read the microchip's details.
Is microchipping easy to do?
Yes, it is as simple as an injection. The chip, the size of a grain of rice, is painlessly inserted under the animal's skin. Once in, the chip cannot move or be seen, but can be read by the scanner. More than 450,000 animals have been microchipped in the past five years in the UK alone.
My dog has a collar tag, so why should it be microchipped?
From 6 April 2016 it became a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales to be microchipped and their details registered on one of the authorised databases such as Petlog. Under the law you are obliged to keep your details up to date on the database. Police and local authority employees have been issued with microchip reader scanners so that instant enforcement of the law can be carried out. A time window will be allowed for owners to have their pet microchipped if their pet is caught without a chip. After that a £500 fine for failing to comply will be issued. Puppies must be chipped at their second set of vaccinations and around the time they are weaned – at 8 plus weeks.
Microchips identify your pet permanently and harmlessly. Even the most reliable and well cared for animal can be lost or stolen and very young, very old or home-loving pets are most at risk because they might not know their way around the local area. Microchipping can help to quickly reunite lost cats and dogs with their families, saving considerable anxiety.
How much does it cost?
Teckels charges only £10 for microchipping, which is cheaper than most vets and any money left over after costs is given directly to our rescue centre. Please call us on 01452 740300 to make an appointment.