Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from April 6th 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays.
The microchips will be coded with owners’ details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
What is a microchip??
A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades of a dog using a sterile needle. The procedure does not require an anaesthetic and is no more painful than a standard vaccination
The chip is coated in a bio-compatible glass, the same material used in human pacemakers, which is not rejected by the dog’s body. The device fuses to the dog’s bodily tissue, meaning it will not move around.
If you are unsure if your dog has been chipped or if your details are up to date please contact the surgery or pop in and we can scan your pet free of charge to check their details.
If you would like to book your pet in for a chip this can be done in any of our surgeries please contact us on 01942 242464.
Luc Van Dijck, DVM, MRCVS