How a microchip works.
Each tiny microchip is programmed with a unique number that is transmitted when the chip is scanned by a specialised microchip reader.
This number is associated with the owner’s details in a national database. Because it is a number rather than actual contact details that the chip transmits, any changes to owner details can be made easily and data is protected. This is why it is extremely important to keep your details up to date with the company.
All vets, council run dog kennels (where strays are taken by a dog warden) and many rescue centres have microchip readers/scanners.
Regardless of microchip company, all UK readers will scan all UK microchips and the various UK pet owner databases work together to share information when trying to locate a microchipped pets’ owner.
How A Microchip Is Fitted
A pre-loaded sterile syringe allows the microchip to be inserted just under the skin, between the shoulder blades.
Insertion is a quick and straightforward procedure that does not require an anaesthetic.
We usually microchip dogs at the time of their first or second vaccination.
The insertion procedure is no more painful than a usual vaccination.
Microchips are coated in a special type of glass identical to that used in human pacemakers, so the animals body does not try to reject it.
From the 6th April 2016 it became compulsary to have your dog microchipped. All dogs must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. There will be a fine of up to £500 if your dog is not chipped, you can also be fined £500 if the contact details on the microchip are not correct. You will be served a 21 day notice if these requirements are not fulfilled and you must rectify these changes in this time. Please call us on 01553 773168 for more details on this requirement.