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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.

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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Reptile microchipping

It is not only our furry friends that can be microchipped, our reptiles have also been known to go missing. Microchipping your reptiles can be done safely, and helps them come back to you if they ever get lost. 

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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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Bird microchipping

With the power of flight, an escaped bird can be tricky to catch and can travel a huge distance. This makes identifying lost birds difficult, especially if leg rigs are damaged or lost. Microchipping is a safe way to permanently identify your bird, and help them find their way home if they ever get lost. 

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Rabbit microchipping

Rabbits, either indoor or outdoor, are also at risk of escaping and getting lost. As they cannot wear collars, for rabbits a microchip can be the only way to have identification. This can make the difference between losing your rabbit, or getting them home safe and sound. 

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Ferret microchipping

Ferrets are intensely curious, and have an uncanny ability to get through even the smallest of holes. This flair for adventure, as well as the risk of loss when sporting, or theft, means that permanently identifying your ferret is really important. 

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