A microchip is a small device that is implanted under your pet’s skin for permanent identification.
It is coded with numbers that can be read by a special scanner, and all numbers are stored on a UK wide database. Microchips are not GPS tracking devices.
All dogs in the UK must have a microchip by law. The microchip must be registered with the relevant microchip database.
Benefits of a microchip.
- Instant identification by a vet, rescue centre, animal charity or police if your missing pet is found.
- A microchip can’t be lost unlike a collar and ID tag.
- Microchips are required when applying for a pet passport (see Pet Passports)
- Proof of ownership
- Microchip activated cat flaps that give access only to your cat.
How is a microchip inserted?
The microchip is inserted under the skin over the shoulders. Most pets don’t notice when the chip is inserted especially if they’re distracted by stroking or treats. Some however appreciate a little local anaesthetic administered by a vet.