Microchip your pet to make sure they always find their way home. And if you have a dog, stay ahead of new legislation.

However careful you are, pets can sometimes escape, be frightened by something like fireworks and become disorientated. 900 pets go missing in the UK every day. Imagine how devastated you’d be if your pet disappeared one day and you had no way of knowing what had happened to them.   Having a microchip fitted to your pet means you stand a much better chance of being reunited with them. And, if your have a puppy or a dog, the law will soon mean you must have them microchipped.

A microchip is a tiny implant, about the size of a grain of rice, which is inserted under your pet’s skin. It carries a unique identification number which is recorded on a central database along with your name and contact details. If your pet goes missing and is found by someone, the chip can be read by a handheld scanner. These are commonly available at all vets practices, dog pounds, RSPCA and animal refuge centres and some police stations. The database can be accessed 24/7, even during bank holidays.

The process for having a chip fitted is very quick and simple. The chip is inserted under the skin using a needle, so it’s like your pet having an injection. For dogs and cats they are always implanted in the loose skin of the neck over their shoulder blades. It may mean some brief discomfort but it is over in seconds and then your pet can be traced back to you for the rest of its life.

A chip can be implanted at any age, and we recommend it’s done as soon as possible after your pet’s second vaccinations. Another great plan is to have a microchip fitted at the same time as your pet’s being neutered; they’ll be asleep thanks to the general anaesthetic and won’t feel a thing.

The chips we use at Eden Vets are biotherm microchips, which provide an added bonus. Whenever the chip is read it records your animal’s body temperature, meaning we never need to use a rectal thermometer on your pet but can just scan their chip. Your pet can be spared years of minor discomfort and you can have the peace of mind of knowing your pet will find its way back to you if it ends up at a pound or animal shelter. Just remember to keep your records updated on the database if you move house or change contact details.

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