Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and reunited with you if they become lost or stolen. At Forest House Veterinary Group, we strongly recommend microchipping and from 2016, it will become a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped in England.
What does microchipping involve?
A small microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the animal’s skin, between the shoulder blades, using a sterile needle. It is a very quick and painless procedure, and once the microchip is implanted, it will remain so for the duration of your pet’s life.
The microchip contains a unique identification number and, when your pet is scanned with a microchip reader, this can be linked to your details. Microchip scanners are used by vets, the police, and animal rescue centres and charities. Your details are stored on a national database and it is very important that this information is kept up-to-date with any changes.
Any pets travelling abroad are required to be microchipped.