A microchip is a very small chip (the size of a grain of rice) placed under the skin or your pet between the shoulder blades. Each microchip has a unique number can be read by portable scanners at most vets, local authorities and rescue shelters. Scanning the microchip allows your pet to be identified when it is found and scanned should this be necessary. Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort.
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There is also a microchip available called a “Thermochip” which, when scanned, provides us with a good guide to your pet’s body temperature. This means we can usually take your cat or dog’s temperature without having to use a rectal thermometer.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
A microchip is a permanent means of identifying your pet. Collars and tags can easily be lost or removed. However, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar with an identity disc.
Should your pet get lost, the microchip system allows the vet/animal warden to contact you as quickly as possible once your pet is found. This is very important if your pet is injured or ill.
Pets travelling abroad are required to be microchipped as part of the Pet Travel Scheme (Pet Passport).
How can I be traced if my pet is found?
At the time of implant we ask you to complete a registration form and your details are then submitted to a single national database. This information is kept for life and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation. Once the chip number has been identified, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. It is important to update any changes in personal contact details. Our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can therefore be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
Microchipping your pet at Moor Cottage Veterinary Clinic in Bracknell
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. And don't worry if you can't recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped - It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
At the time of implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital team member. Your details are kept on the database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible. At Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members at our practices within Bracknell by calling us or booking an appointment online.
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