Microchipping your dog
PUBLISHED: 15:35 13 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:35 13 August 2016
Andrew Wills, veterinary surgeon and owner at Toachim House Veterinary Surgery, on the new microchipping law
Q: I am worried about microchipping my dog, what exactly is involved?
A: Microchipping became compulsory for dogs in April this year. The procedure doesn’t require sedation or anaesthetic, it’s very quick and the microchip is placed just under the skin on the back of your pet’s neck.
A microchip can be placed at any age, by a vet or a nurse during a consultation. It is not only a deterrent against dog theft, but it is also the single most effective way to ensure a pet is returned to their owners or the owners to be contacted in an emergency situation.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and has its own unique 15 digit number. When scanned, the chip responds to a low-voltage electronic signal from the scanner.
It then transmits its unique code, which is displayed on the scanner’s screen. Some chips such as the Biotherm Microchip can also read the animal’s body temperature; we also have mini chips that can be used in tiny dogs and cats.
Registration of the chip is important and it’s vital to ensure that your details are kept up to date if you change address or phone number.
You are able to register your details on the national database online. The more information that is passed on increases the chance of contact being made with you should your pet go missing.
Since 2016, if a pet is found not to have a microchip, the owner will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short time to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they can face a fine.
If you have any questions about microchipping your pet, please contact your vets, they will be able to answer any questions that you have. We offer an appointment with one of our qualified nurses who will give your pet a health check and a microchip for a reduced cost.