National Microchipping Month is supported every June and provides a great opportunity for us to remind dog and cat owners about the importance of getting your pet microchipped.
Microchipping your pets plays a significant part in your care for them and helps to ensure that you are happily reunited if they ever go missing. It has been mandatory to microchip all dogs in the UK since 2016, with the same set to apply to cats from 2023.
What is the procedure?
Microchipping is quick and safe and to your pet, will feel like getting their normal vaccinations. It only takes a few seconds, so there’s minimal discomfort. The chip itself is very small – about the size of grain of rice – and is implanted just under the skin on the back of your pet’s neck.
Why is microchipping important?
There are a handful of reasons why your pet can go missing; even the homeliest of dogs or cats can easily find themselves lost and confused if they wander a bit too far. If that ever does happen, your pet’s microchip will have a unique number that can be scanned by a vet, animal warden or police station in the UK to identify the animal’s details, including your emergency contact number so that they can be reunited with you safe and sound.
Unlike collars or tags that can be removed or lost, once your pet has been microchipped, their unique code will be linked to the national database and will last their lifetime.
Remember: If your contact details change for any reason (including your address), you need to make sure this information is updated.
This National Microchipping Month, please ensure your dog or cat is microchipped. Not only is it important for their welfare, but it will also give you peace of mind. Microchipping is included free with our Pet Care Plans, making it the purrfect time to sign up! Prices start from as little as £10.50 per month.
Get in contact with your local St Kitts branch to book an appointment today.
St Kitts Veterinary Centre: 01252 844044
Basingstoke Veterinary Centre: 01256 844944
Crookham Park Veterinary Centre: 01252 913990
Firgrove Veterinary Centre: 01252 877799