Microchipping is a permanent Identification system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet, normally around the neck area in cats and dogs.
A microchip can be inserted in a routine consultation and with minimal discomfort to the pet. You will be asked to check your details are correct and these will then be forwarded onto a national database called PETtrac, so that if your pet if found they will be able to contact you to reunite you with your pet. It is always important to keep your details up to date on PETtrac.
Each microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a handheld microchip scanner, which most vets, including each of the Warren House Group branches, local Kent authorities and rescue homes have. Once your pet has been scanned and identified by their microchip, your details can be obtained from PETtrac and a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by all the team at the Warren House Group.
It is now also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, and you can be fined up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped.
It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped before you can start the process for pet travel paperwork being completed. At the Warren House Group, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by microchip scanners that are used abroad.
Microchipping your pet at Warren House Vets
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 one of our Warren House Vets in Kent 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 Warren House Vets 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 Warren House Vets, 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 one of our practices within Kent by contacting a Warren House Vets branch most local to your home address.