By law, since April 2016 all dogs over 8 weeks of age must be microchipped. Failure to comply can result in a fine of up to £500.
The frightening facts…
Every day unidentified pets are humanely destroyed in animal’s homes throughout the country. Many of these animals could have been saved and reunited with their worried owners if only they could have been identified.
How would you feel if you lost your pet?
Imagine the situation – doors left open by children or visitors, frightening loud or strange noises, wandering whilst on holiday…, the possibilities are endless. Of course you care for your pet, but even the best loved and well trained pet can go missing or get lost. Whatever the reason, you can’t be sure that a collar and tag will still be there and legible when your pet is found.
What can you do?
The good news is that there is a simple way to ensure that your pet can be easily identified whenever he or she goes missing. Over 2.5 million pets have been identichipped and the identichip has helped reunite hundreds of pets and their owners.
What is idENTICHIP?
Identichip is a tiny microchip with a unique identity code. The microchip is implanted painlessly under the skin by a vet in the same way as a vaccination. Unlike collars and tags, identichip becomes a permanent means of identification. If you have more than one pet, each can be separately microchipped and identified.
How does idENTICHIP work?
When your pet is found, a scanner is used to detect the idENTICHIP and read the unique code in much the same way that barcodes are read at the supermarket checkouts. All your idENTICHIP details are recorded on a secure database, which is accessible 24 hours a day. The details of the scanned chip are checked against the database and the registered owner of the pet is contacted.
As a registered owner you can view your pet’s details at www.identichip.co.uk
Who can scan the idENTICHIP for details?
Scanners are routinely used by rescue kennels and dog wardens all over the country. Their use is also standard procedures for the RSPCA and SSPCA homes, Cats Protection, by many welfare societies and of course at veterinary practices.
Are there any side effects?
idENTICHIP is completely safe for your pet. In dogs and cats it is permanently placed in loose skin at the back of the neck and can be implanted in pets of any age, breed or species, from Great Danes to budgerigars. Pet welfare and veterinary practices recommend idENTICHIP.
Where do I go to have idENTICHIP implanted?
Right here at Queens Park Veterinary Surgery! We offer the idENTICHIP for just £21.90, and microchips are implanted only by a qualified veterinary surgeon, so you can rest assured that your pet is in safe hands.