What is a microchip?

A microchip is a very small device (the size of a grain of rice) enclosed in a sterile and non-reactive capsule. It is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Sedation is not necessary as this process causes minimal discomfort. Each chip has a unique number which can be read by a scanner. These are now widely available and most Vets, Local Authorities and Rescue Shelters own them.

Why should I have my pet ‘chipped?

  • The microchip is a permanent means of identifying your pet. Collars and tags, however useful, can easily be lost.
  • Should your pet get lost, the microchip will identify him and help to return him to you instead of him being rehomed, or even destroyed.
  • Pets travelling abroad are required to be chipped as part of the Pet Travel Scheme.

How can I be traced if my pet is found?

At the time of implantation of the chip, your personal details are submitted to a single National Database. The information is kept for life and the fee for this is included in the cost of the implantation. If your pet is found and the chip number identified, it is a relatively easy matter to reunite you with your pet.

Will my pet’s microchip work abroad?

Yes, the chips used in our Practice comply with the International Standard (ISO) and so can be recognised by scanners throughout Europe and beyond.

Key points

  • Microchips are the best method of permanently identifying your pet
  • They are safe, small, practical and effective
  • They can be implanted at any age
  • Implantation takes a few minutes and does not require sedation or anaesthesia
  • Microchips are required as part of the Pet Travel Scheme

(for more information on the microchips we use visit. http://www.virbac-backhome.co.uk/default.aspx)