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Microchipping your pet

All you need to know about microchipping

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What exactly is a microchip?

A microchip is a very small electronic device, about the same size as a grain of rice, that is implanted under your pet’s skin.

Every chip has a unique 15-digit number stored within it, on circuitry this is encased in a protective shell made of glass or biopolymer. This casing helps to prevent the microchip from causing a reaction or moving around, which can make it difficult to read.

Microchips are designed to last the lifetime of your pet. The microchip is read from close range using a special scanner.

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Dog microchipping

Microchipping is a permanent solution that greatly increases the chances that a lost dog will be reunited safely with its owner. If a dog is stolen and recovered by authorities, a microchip might provide the only means to identify and contact the owner.

From 6th April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales to be micro-chipped and registered by the breeder on an authorised database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Since April 2012, all dogs in Northern Ireland held under an individual dog licence have to be microchipped. 

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Cat microchipping

Sadly, it is not unusual for cats to go missing or get lost. The Cats Protection charity alone re-homes 48,000 cats every single year. 

A microchip is what stands between a pet cat being lost forever and them being returned to their owners safe and sound. It also can help with ownership disputes, as it can be used to prove who the cat belongs to. 

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