Microchipping is the only way to ensure that your companion has your contact details with them at all times
Everyone knows someone who has suffered the heartbreak of losing an animal. And while it’s not nice to think about, it’s important to ensure that your companion could be safely returned to you should they ever find themselves anywhere other than by your side.
Whereas identification tags and collars can fall off or be intentionally removed, a microchip is inserted beneath an animal’s skin between their shoulder blades. It is roughly the size of a grain of rice and can be fitted relatively painlessly in a matter of minutes without the need for anaesthetic.
“From April 2016 it will become a legal requirement for all dog owners to have their pet’s microchipped. Failure to do so could result in a £500 fine!”Wayne Clarke – RVN Head Nurse
When your pet’s microchip is scanned using a specialist hand-held device, it will reveal a code that is unique to their chip. This code is then added to a national computerised database – along with all of your contact details – that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At Chapel House Vets we strongly recommend all pet owners have their companions microchipped. As well as providing you with peace of mind that your pet has your contact details with them at all times, unfortunately today there is high demand for certain breeds of cats and dogs, putting them at risk of falling into the wrong hands.
Please note: Microchip scanners are held by a number of animal organisations including all veterinary practices, dog wardens and charities such as The RSPCA.
We are currently running a promotion on microchips at the bargain price of £10.21 using Virbac Chips, registered online with Pet Log’s national database.
If you would like more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment for your pet at Chapel House Vets, please contact our friendly team at our Chesterfield practice on 01246 222232, or our Staveley practice on 01246 477581.