Dog microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff.
Each implanted microchip has a unique number that can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets including Peak Vets, local authorities, and rescue homes have access to. This will ensure that if your dog is lost or stolen and then found, your contact details can easily be obtained from the central microchipping database, so once your dog has been scanned and can be identified by their microchip; a phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Do I have to have my dog microchipped?
Dog microchipping is now a legal requirement for all dogs. Puppies must be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age before ownership is transferred from the breeder. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped. It is also worth noting, that if you are planning to take your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have an Animal Health Certificate.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the dog microchipping; it will cause minimal discomfort and most dogs will not even notice it when it is inserted.
We can check for an existing microchip
If you cannot recall or do not know if your dog has already been microchipped, here at Peak Vets we can easily check for you. One of our team will be able to check for a microchip using a scanner, we would always check for an existing microchip before implanting another one.
For more information on dog microchipping, please speak to one of our friendly team members, they will be only too happy to help.