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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 us


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



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or alternatively

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


flea treatment

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.

Referer’s name:



Please note that these vouchers have no cash value