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Microchipping

Microchipping is a safe and effective method of identification for our pets.

The process involves a microchip, similar in size to a grain of rice, being inserted under the skin using a needle. The chip is placed into the scruff of the neck in dogs, cats and rabbits and can be done during a normal consultation with a vet or nurse – no sedation is required.

The microchip contains a unique number which is used to represent your pet on a database held by PetLog. In the event of your pet going missing, or being involved  in an accident, the chip can be scanned and, using its unique number, the owner can be traced with one phone call to PetLog.
The microchip can also be useful in the event of a dispute over ownership, something that may be an issue with more dogs going missing, presumed stolen.

All domestic animals, young or old, can benefit from being microchipped. Here at the Practice we frequently have ‘stray’ cats and dogs brought in to us, some of them microchipped, but many have no means of identification whatsoever.

Unfortunately, many cats  are brought in to us after having been injured by a car, some are brought in with serious injuries and others are brought in fatally injured. Often we have to wait days for an owner to come forward, and sometimes the owners are never found. Not knowing what has happened to a missing pet is most upsetting, but if your pet is microchipped there is a much greater likelihood of being re-united or at least the peace of mind of knowing what has become of your pet.

We strongly recommend microchipping to all our clients, and offer a discount to those pets microchipped when coming in to the surgery for routine procedures, such as neutering.

The cost of microchipping is a one-off fee, although Petlog may charge a fee if changes have to be made to the information on its database such as a change of address. It is very important to keep Petlog up to date with any such changes, especially changes in contact telephone numbers, email addresses etc, as these will greatly assist in contacting you quickly should your pet be found.

As a responsible dog owner you should know about Dog Laws – your rights and responsibilities, in order to protect yourself, your dog and others around you. The Kennel Club provide a detailed summary here.