Compulsory microchipping in England

Microchips are widely used in pets (especially dogs and cats) as a means of identification. A microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is injected under the skin in the scruff of the neck. The microchip contains a unique number which is then matched up with the owner's contact details. These details are held on a central database, such that if your pet were ever to go missing, he or she could be reunited with you straight away. All vets and establishments such as rescue centres have microchip scanners, and stray animals are scanned as standard to check if a microchip is present as soon as they arrive.

We often have stray animals brought to our practice that have clearly come from a loving home. However without a microchip we are sadly often unable to trace their owner.

From April 6th 2016, it will be a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be microchipped. If your dog or cat is not already chipped, please feel free to give us a ring at any of our branches in order to make an appointment with the vet. The cost of the microchip is £20.