Don’t leave it until it’s too late!
From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.
If a keeper of a dog which is not microchipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog microchipped, they will have 21 days to do this. If you do not act before the 21 days is up you may be faced with a fine of £500. It is also worth remembering that this applies to correct details being logged on the database also therefore, if you move you must update your details.
So what is a microchip?
It is a chip the size of a grain of rice with a unique code that can be scanned and connected to your details so your pet can be reunited with you as quickly as possible. Hence the importance of your details being correct on the database.
How is it implanted?
The procedure can be done in a routine consultation and is like any other injection into the scruff (skin) between the shoulders.
How does this work?
If your pet goes missing the microchip number can be obtained by scanning the pet and usually the animal welfare organisation, vets or local authority will then contact the database to find the owners details.
At all our Downland Veterinary Group clinics we are offering a special price of just £9.99 until the end of February to have a microchip inserted. There is no consultation charge on top!
Please phone your local branch for an appointment:
• Emsworth: 01243 375 313
• Bognor Regis: 01243 841 111
• Chichester: 01243 786 101
• Barnham: 01243 553 771
• Denmead: 02392 232 121
• Havant: 02392 475 004
• Bordon: 01420 472 912
All our chips are registered at Petlog and they can be contacted on: 0844 4633999. These microchips are also valid in 32 countries across Europe.