Microchipping is a permanent and effective way of identifying your pet if they are ever lost or stolen. Since 2016 it has been a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped and to keep your details up-to-date. The government is set to introduce new regulations stating all pet cats in the UK must also be microchipped by the time they are 20 weeks old - the equivalent of five months.

*It is also a legal requirement for all dogs to wear a collar in public, with a tag attached that clearly displays its owner's name and address. A contact number is also recommended.*

How microchipping works

A tiny microchip is inserted under your pet's skin which gives your pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner's contact details, which are kept on a national database, such as PetLog. Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up-to-date, so if you move house or change your telephone number, you must let the database you're registered with know, so that they have your up-to-date contact details.

What pets can be microchipped?

Many pets can be microchipped, including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.

Where can my pet be microchipped?

As part of our strategy to promote responsible pet ownership, we offer microchipping at our centre at a reduced fee of £12 for cats, dogs and rabbits. For more information or to book an appointment, please call 01302 719790.