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Micro-chipping is a quick, easy and painless one-off injection that places a tiny microchip under the skin of the scruff of the neck. There is no need for sedation or anaesthesia. Each microchip carries a unique number that can be read by a portable scanner and will allow the authorities to contact you should your dog get lost.
Why should I have my pet micro-chipped?
1. The microchip is a permanent means of identifying your pet. Collars and tags, however useful, can easily be lost.
2. Should your pet become lost, the microchip system will help to return him/her to you with the minimum of delay and avoid him/her being re-homed or even destroyed. This is particularly important if your pet is seriously injured and taken to the nearest vet.
3. Pets travelling abroad are required to be micro-chipped as part of the Pet Travel Scheme.
How can I be traced if my pet is found?
Your information is kept for life on our practice computer system and a National Database and the fee for this is included in the cost of the implantation. If your pet is found and its chip number identified, it is a relatively easy matter to reunite you with your pet. The chips we use comply with the International Standard (ISO) and so can be recognised by scanners abroad.
What if my personal details change?
Whilst the microchip with its unique number will remain with your pet for life, it is essential that you update your personal details on the National Database as and when they change particularly if you move address or change your contact telephone numbers.
Can microchips have side effects?
A European reporting system which monitors reactions to microchip implantation has failed to identify any significant problems in the last 6 years.
• Microchips are the best method of permanently identifying your pet
• They are safe, practical and effective
• There is a system of National Databases for all microchips. The microchips implanted at Abbey Veterinary Group are all registered with the largest database - Pet Log.
• They can be implanted at any age
• Implantation takes a few minutes and does not require sedation or anaesthesia
• Microchips are required as part of the Pet Travel Scheme
• Microchips will become compulsory for all dogs from the 6th April, 2016
Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.