Stephen illustrates how quick and easy it is to microchip a pet. Microchipping can be vital in ensuring the safety of your pet, and reuniting you with him should he stray.
Microchipping involves the implanting of a small transponder, roughly the size of a grain of rice, under your pet’s skin. This can then be scanned with a microchip reader, revealing a unique identification number. This number is logged against your details on a national database, so that you can be contacted if your pet has strayed.
This brief procedure can help reunite lost pets, and is often vital when tracking down the owner of a sick or injured animal. As of 2016, it is a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks to be microchipped. We also include a microchip as part of our kitten vaccination package, as we recommend that all cats are chipped. Even indoor cats have been known to sneak out, after all!
It is critical to ensure that your details are kept up to date on the database, as a microchip is useless without the correct contact details. The largest database in the UK, and the one that Yorkshire Vets register our chips with, is Petlog.
If you would like to book your pet in for microchipping, please give your local Yorkshire Vets surgery a call. You can find the number for each surgery on the relevant surgery page. To access these, select from the surgeries menu at the top of the page.
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