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Don’t get caught out by the law; have your dog microchipped

Did you know that by 2016 you will be legally required to have your dog microchipped? Failure to do so could mean that you have to pay a £500 fine; so why not be proactive and ensure your dog is chipped in plenty of time?


1 million pet owners in the UK have already had their pet microchipped, and a further 5,000 join them each week. This responsible approach to caring for your pet not only provides animal services with your contact information, it is also invaluable when pets go missing. 

A microchip is the same size as a grain of rice. It is inserted relatively painlessly into the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades using a specialist needle. Once the chip is in place its biocompatible glass covering will prevent it from being rejected from the animal’s body. The pet’s body tissue will then grow around the chip to stop it from moving. 

Each microchip is encoded with a unique number that can be read using a specialist scanner. The unique number is registered with Pet Log, a national computerised database, and this is where a pet owner’s contact details are stored. 

Pet Log can be accessed 24 hours a day every day of the year so should your pet go missing, night or day, animal services will be able to get hold of you.  

Animal services that carry a specialist microchip scanner include veterinary practices, dog wardens, the National Canine Defence League and animal organisations such as the RSPCA. 

If you would like more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment to have your pet microchipped at our practice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

To have your pet treated by the practice that has been caring for animals for 100 years, get in touch. You can call us on 01622 734555. Alternatively, send us an email at For out of hours animal care call our emergency service on 01622 734054.

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