Pet microchipping - it's the law!
At STAR Vets, every member of our team has their pet microchipped – you should too!
Microchipping is a quick and simple procedure that can make all the difference should your pet go missing; it’s also a legal requirement for some pets. So, stop searching for ‘pet microchipping near me’ and just come straight to STAR Vets in Appleby Magna, where our Vets can microchip your pet in minutes.
When it comes to identity tags, while they’re still strongly recommended (and a legal requirement for dogs), they can easily become lost or broken. In fact, some animals come up with some pretty creative ways to free themselves from their collars. For this reason, microchipping is so important.
Dog, cat & rabbit microchipping is included within our Shining STAR Wellness Plan.
What is a pet microchip?
While it’s not nice to think about losing your companion, a microchip provides peace of mind that you can be contacted should they ever go missing.
Microchipping your companion means ensuring your contact details are with them at all times, which is particularly reassuring should they ever become separated from you. The best news is that inserting a microchip is quick, relatively painless, and only needs doing once.
A microchip is the same size as a grain of rice, and it is inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. When the chip is scanned using a specialist piece of equipment it will reveal your pet’s unique chip code. This code is then linked with your contact details on a national database – which you should always keep up to date!
A number of animal specialists are able to scan your pet’s chip, including all veterinary practices, dog wardens and charities such as the RSPCA.
Compulsory pet microchipping for dogs & cats
On April 6th, 2016, it became law in the UK to microchip all dogs from 8 weeks of age and upwards. In 2021, cat microchipping is going to become a legal requirement too. Failure to do so could result in a £500 fine.
Around 1000 pets in the UK go missing every day from wandering off, escaping from home, or theft. Cats especially are at risk of road traffic accidents too. Without a microchip, it can often be impossible to trace the owner, something we see far too often at our vet practice.
Can you microchip rabbits and other pets?
With pet thefts on the rise, it can also be a good idea to microchip rabbits and ferrets. As long as the pet is big enough to be microchipped, they can be – ask our team for advice.
Give your companion the best chance of being reunited with you should the unthinkable happen.