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.
For more information, please speak to one of our team members.