Is your dog microchipped?
Until now, microchipping has
been advisable although not an
essential part of dog (and other pet)
ownership; it is a cheap and easy
means of ensuring that, should your
dog go missing, you could quickly
be reunited. Around 58% of dogs in
England are currently chipped.
However, changes to the law, which come
into effect on 6th April 2016, will mean
that microchipping dogs becomes a legal
requirement. The aim is to reduce the burden
of stray dogs on local councils and animal
charities, currently estimated at around £33m
per year. Compulsory microchipping will also
make the theft of dogs more problematic, as
identifying them will be easier.
Under the terms of the Microchipping of Dogs
(England) Regulations 2015 all dogs over the
age of eight weeks, which are not certified
working dogs, will have to be microchipped.
In many cases this means that breeders will
need to ensure that it is done before pups
go to their new homes. Only in exceptional
circumstances will vets be able to certify that
a dog is medically unfit to be chipped. Owners
of dogs who do not comply with the new
regulations can be fined up to £500.
Microchipping involves the implantation of a
small identity chip, about the size of a grain of
rice, under the skin between a dog’s shoulder
blades. This is done using a sterile needle and
does not require an anaesthetic. Identity chips
are coated in a bio-compatible glass which is the
same as used for human pacemakers, so they
should not cause any reaction.
What happens ifmy dog goesmissing?
All establishments where stray dogs are
routinely taken, including the local council,
police and veterinary practices, have access
to electronic scanners which read the identity
chip’s unique fifteen digit number.They then
contact the relevant database to match the
chip number with the owner’s contact details,
and quickly get in touch to let the owner
know that the dog has been found.This can
be done within minutes but it is therefore
essential that once your dog is chipped,
you keep your contact details up to date
by informing the database of any changes
What about cats?
Cats are not covered by the new legislation
which means that the decision to have
them microchipped is still very much one of
owners’ choice. However as they have such
a tendency to roam (and to lose collars!) it
is certainly something we at Willows feel
remains very important.
What if I can’t remember whethermy dog is
microchipped or not?
It is very easy to check for a microchip using a
scanner so if you are not sure please let usknow.We
can arrange for a member of staff
to scan your dog and check for a working chip.
We always check for an existing chip before
implanting a new one.
Howdo I arrangemicrochipping?
Implanting a microchip is a procedure that can
be done in a routine consultation so please
contact reception to book a slot.
For further information on
microchipping visit our website
speak to one of our primary clinic vets
who will be pleased to help.
Willows provide outstanding care, tailored
to the needs of each individual pet and their
owner. As an existingWillows client, we
believe that you have chosen our services
for this reason and would be happy to
recommend us to a friend.
To thank you for recommending a friend, you
will receive 3 months of
for your pet. In addition, once your friend has
registered and had their first consultation,
they too will receive 3 months of
treatment for their pet.
Register your details by completing the
voucher below and give it to your friend to
bring along on their first visit.
Please note that these vouchers have no cash value