Microchipping your pet

What is a pet microchip?

A pet microchip is a small computer chip about the size of a grain of rice which has been programmed with a unique identification number that is readable using a small hand held scanner placed close to the pet’s body.

How are microchips administered?

The microchip is injected under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades in dogs and cats. The needle used is larger than a conventional needle but it is designed to reduce discomfort to your pet.

Will my pet feel the injection?

Occasionally, as with any injection, there may be mild temporary pain and a spot of blood. There is unlikely to be any long-term discomfort. We can administer the microchip while your pet is awake but we also recommend if your pet does not have a microchip and is being sedated or anaesthetised, such as at neutering, it is done at the same time.

What are the benefits of getting my pet microchipped?

Your pet will be permanently identifiable in the even of loss or theft. Your pet’s number will be registered on a national database which holds your contact details.

Microchipping forms part of the Pet Travel Scheme and is necessary should you wish to travel with your pet abroad.

More recent technology has given rise to a number of other microchip applications such as cat flaps and food bowls for multi-pet households.

How much does microchipping cost?

Microchips are relatively inexpensive (£17.50 as of June 2019), which includes a one off registration fee to a national database. Should you wish to change your registered details a small administration fee may be incurred.

Which animals can be microchipped?

Any animal can have a microchip implanted, from dogs and cats to birds and reptiles. In fact it is compulsory for some rare species to be identified with a microchip.

Compulsory Microchipping for Dogs

On 6th April 2016 microchipping of dogs became a legal requirement. All adult dogs over the age of EIGHT weeks must now be microchipped.

It is also legal requirement that owners of dogs keep their contact details up to date on a national database. At Oakhill Vet Group, Windermere and Ambleside we offer a FREE microchip scanning service and can provide you with the national database telephone number.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping your pet please ask one of the Oakhill Team.