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 microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including Peak Veterinary Practice, local authorities and rescue homes have access too; ensuring your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database. Once your pet’s microchip has been scanned and identified, a phone call can reunite you with your missing pet.
Microchipping Your Pets
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 Peak Veterinary Practice. It is now also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, and all 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 on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport.
Microchipping Your Rabbit
When your rabbit comes in for their first annual health check, we can check if they are microchipped for you. If they are not, sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. We can arrange for a member of the team at Peak Veterinary Practice to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, we 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 Peak Veterinary Practice team member. Your details are kept on the database for your rabbit’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
Changes in Your Details
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible. At Peak Veterinary Practice, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Animal Health Certificate scheme.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members at our practice by calling the branch most local to your home address.
Peak Veterinary Practice
36 Olivet Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 8QS
Tel: 0114 250 7733