Microchipping Your Puppy
It is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. The microchip must have up to date contact details. Failure to ensure that your puppy has been microchipped leaves you at risk receiving a £500 fine from your local authority. Dogs already marked with a permanent method of identification – e.g. an ear tattoo are not exempt from this legislation.
How are microchips placed?
The microchip is the size and shape of a grain of rice; it is inserted just under the skin via a special needle. The actual process of implantation is really not much different for your puppy than having any other injection, although admittedly the needle is a little larger. Your vet or nurse will do their best to distract your puppy by giving them lots of treats while it is administered. Once in place the can be read with a special scanner.
How Do they Work?
Each chip has a unique number that is linked to a central database where yours and your puppy’s details will be registered. The database has a 24 hour line for obtaining a pet owners contact details should their pet be found. Our microchips can be read by any standard scanner.
Any stray or injured animal brought into the practice without an owner is routinely scanned to help reunite them with their owner. It is always a relief to find a ‘chip’ in an injured dog as we can immediately contact the owner.