It is a fact of life that from time to time, owners can get separated from their pets for a variety of reasons. Pets can just go missing, run off when taken out for a walk or sometimes can even be stolen. By law your pet should be wearing an identity tag, Microchipping is an additional safety.

It is a stressful and worrying time when you have lost your pet and microchipping is an excellent way to increase the chance of being re-united with your pet. It is a permanent way of identifying the pet and it's owners.

The microchip itself is the size of a grain of rice and is injected into the back of the pet's neck. This is a perfectly harmless and relatively painless process for the pet. Each microchip has it's own unique reference number which can then be matched with your name and address.

Should your pet then be separated from you, a bar-code type scanner can be used to "read" the microchip number and then by contacting a central administration office, your details can be accessed and your pet can be re-united with you.

Most vet surgeries, dog rescue organisations and stray dog wardens should have scanners enabling them to check all stray/lost/injured pets for a microchip.

It is amazing how far some pets can travel when they escape from home. Collars and name tags can be lost. Pets that are stolen can have name tags removed. Microchips are a way of identifying your pet that cannot be tampered with. They increase the chances of finding your pet and we recommend that all pets are microchipped. Pets can be microchipped from as young as when we give them their first vaccination, or at any age after.

Please ask at any surgery for an appointment to have your pet microchipped.