Microchipping is the only way to ensure that your companion has your contact details with them at all times.
The heartbreak of losing an animal is never 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.
Identification tags or collars may fall off or be intentionally removed, however, 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 is 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
Your pet’s microchip has it’s own unique code that can be read using a specialist hand-held device. 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.
Microchipping your pet at Chapel House in Derbyshire
At Chapel House Vets we strongly recommend all pet owners have their companions microchipped. It will increase the chance of you being reunited with your furry friend, should they ever be lost/stolen.
Microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by all the team at Chapel House Vets.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. And don't worry if you can't recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped - It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Chapel House Vets to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
At the time of implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Chapel House Vet team member. Your details are kept on the database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
Please note: Microchip scanners are held by a number of animal organisations including all veterinary practices, dog wardens and charities such as The RSPCA.
Price: £11.23 - Virbac Chips, registered online with Pet Track’s national database.