A brief guide to why you should microchip your pet.
The government has made microchipping of all dogs over 8 weeks old compulsory. Microchipping is when you implant a chip in your pet so that they can be clearly identified when lost. Read our brief guide below about the processes and law regarding microchipping.
What is microchipping?
A microchip is a very small electronic device, about the same size as a grain of rice that’s implanted under your pet’s skin; it is designed to last the lifetime of your pet and it’s also very safe. Every chip has a unique 15-digit number stored within it that can be read from close range using a special scanner. Scanners are held by all veterinary surgeries, dog wardens and most police stations.
Why alternatives don’t always work
Although no one likes to think of their pet getting lost or stolen, unfortunately it does happen, as each and every year thousands of pets go missing. Collar identification tags are a legal requirement for dogs, but are not the best solution in themselves as they can easily fall off, break, or be removed.
Who can implant a microchip?
Microchips can be implanted in many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, reptiles and more. Your vet and certain specialist pet centres can implant the chip on your behalf.
When would you need a microchip?
Microchipping is a permanent solution that greatly increases the chance of a lost pet being reunited safely with their owner. If a pet is stolen and recovered by authorities, a microchip might be the only means to identify and contact the owner and get them home quickly and safely.
All puppies must legally be microchipped and registered by 8 weeks old. The registration details will need to be changed once you collect your new puppy. This is the same for rescue dogs whose microchip may be in the previous keeper’s name. Ask your vet to help you with this if you’re unsure. If your dog is found without a microchip, you could be fined up to £500.
What are the benefits of a microchip pet door or cat flap?
Microchips can also be useful if you want to control animals coming in and out of your house. Sometimes strays love to, well, stray in. Products like the SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap or SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect will read your pet’s microchip on the way in and of the house. It will unlock when the right pet approaches it, and keep intruding animals out and indoor pets, well, in. This can be helpful if you have multiple pets with different needs. Some pet doors even allow you to set curfew times.
How can microchips work with feeders?
You can even use the microchip to help keep your pet on their diet (we all need a little help with that sometimes, right?). If you have multiple pets, the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder can release food for the right pet, so you’re able to easily manage their weight or special dietary requirements without a second thought.
Our articles are not a replacement for face-to-face vet advice. It’s important to consult with your vet on a regular basis to raise any pet concerns that you may have.