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What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip has a unique number within it that can be scanned, and recorded in a central database, along with an owner’s personal contact details.

How is a microchip inserted? Does my pet need an anaesthetic?

The microchip is placed using a specially designed implanter. The chip is placed underneath the skin, between your pet’s shoulder blades. An anaesthetic is not required, and the procedure should be no more painful than a routine booster injection.

Is it a legal requirement for my pet to be microchipped?

In Wales, England and Scotland it is now a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped by 8 weeks of age, and the owner’s details must be registered with a central database. If a dog is found not to have a microchip, or an owner’s current details aren’t registered with the database, there is a possibility of a £500 fine.

There is no legal requirement for cats to be microchipped, but we highly recommend microchipping of all cats. Microchipping provides a permanent way of identifying your cat, whereas collars can be easily lost and can even cause serious injuries.

Where is my information stored? How will it help my pet be returned to me?

Your pet’s unique microchip number is logged in a central database, along with your details and your pet’s details. In the event that your pet was found, a vet or dog warden can scan their microchip and retrieve your contact details from the central database. This allows you to be reunited with your pet quickly and easily.

How do I update my details at the central database?

You will need to update your details each time your phone number, postal or email address change. You will need to contact your central database to update your personal details. The most commonly used databases are Identibase and Petlog. If you’re not sure which database your pet’s chip is registered with, simply contact either of these companies and they can point you in the right direction.

Does my dog still need to wear a collar and tag?

Yes. It is still a legal requirement for pet dogs to wear a collar and tag that states their owner’s name and address, whenever in a public place.