The Microchip

A pet identification microchip is a tiny and inexpensive device (slightly larger than a grain of rice). The chip is implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades by means of a needle. Implantation takes just a few seconds and causes minimal and very short-lived discomfort. The chip contains a unique number which can be read by a hand held scanner.


If a stray or injured animal is taken to any animal rescue, dog warden or veterinary practice they will be scanned to check for a microchip. The unique number is then used to trace the owner of the pet and reunite them as quickly as possible. A chip can be implanted at any time and does not require an anaesthetic, although some people choose to have the chip implanted while their pet is under anaesthetic being neutered. Breeders are now required by law to microchip puppies at 8 weeks of age, BEFORE they are re-homed.

The Law

As of 6th April 2016, it became a LEGAL requirement for all dogs in England to be microchipped. Failure to comply with an order to have a dog microchipped after that date can result in a fine of up to £500. Rather than risk a fine – get your dog microchipped now for just £20.

Please ring 01706 840936 to make an appointment or ask your vet or nurse next time you are with us.