Microchipping in Yarm
Here at Jacqui Paterson’s veterinary surgery, we offer a microchipping service for our clients in Yarm and the surrounding areas. Having your pet microchipped means that they can be returned as quickly as possible, if they were to ever go missing.
A law passed in April 2016, which stated that all dogs in England must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. This could mean that if your your pet is not microchipped, you could end up with a considerable fine. Whilst the law only applies to dogs at the moment, we can also microchip other animals including cats, rabbits and exotic pets. There is the common misconception that cats do not need to be microchipped, however they can roam, therefore we do advise that all cats, both male and female, are microchipped, to give you peace of mind.
It is estimated that over 250,000 pets go missing each year and here at Jacqui Paterson’s we understand just how difficult a time it must be for you and your family. Microchipping is particularly useful if your pet is stolen and has been recovered from the police or a local authority, as a microchip may be the only way that your pet can be identified. Microchips are known to be more effective than a collar identification tag as these can easily fall of, break or be removed. Your pet’s microchip will last a lifetime and the only step you need to maintain it is to make sure your registered contact details are up to date.
What is a Microchip?
- A microchip is a very small electronic device, that is implanted under your pet’s skin.
- In dogs and cats, chips are usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades.
- The chip is about the size of a large grain of rice, uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, and is also known as a PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tag.
- Every chip has a unique 15-digit number encased in a protective shell which is “read” using a special scanner.
- This protective shell helps to prevent the microchip from causing a reaction or moving around which can make it difficult to read.
- After checking that the animal does not already have a chip, your vet will inject the chip with a syringe and records the chip’s unique ID.
- No anaesthetic is required it is a simple procedure and causes little discomfort: the pain is minimal and short-lived.
- A test scan ensures correct operation.
If you’re looking for professional and reliable animal microchipping service in Yarm and the surrounding areas, then feel free to get in touch with the friendly team here at Jacqui Paterson’s to book an appointment. Our excellently trained vets can carry out the simple, safe and quick procedure, which takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.
Similarly, if you would like any more information on the microchipping service that we offer, you are welcome to give us a call on 01642 604555. Alternatively, you can visit www.identibase.co.uk for more information, which is the UK’s most advanced pet database and holds the names and details of over 5 million pets and their keepers and helps reunite thousands of lost pets with their keepers every year.