Microchipping for pets

Microchipping for pets

Our Microchipping Service is available at our premises in Slaithwaite by our trained clinician.  Suitable for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much does it cost?
We charge £15 for Microchipping of a single pet or £10 each if you are Microchipping 3 or more pets (this option is perfect for litters of puppies).

Is it necessary for my pet to have a microchip?
In England and Wales, it is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped before they reach eight weeks of age. A pet microchip is a tiny electronic device that is inserted beneath your pet's skin. It contains a unique serial number enclosed within a protective shell to prevent any adverse reactions or displacement. These chips can be read using a special scanner. The serial number on the microchip is linked to a pet owner database that stores your contact information. For older pets, it is crucial to have them microchipped, as it helps identify their owners in case they become unwell and end up in a rescue centre where euthanasia may be a possibility if no owner can be contacted.

Which types of pets do you microchip?
Dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets can all undergo our microchipping process. While the law does not specifically mandate microchipping for cats, it is highly recommended, particularly for cats that venture outdoors and explore their surroundings.

What is the earliest age at which a puppy can be microchipped?
The minimum age for microchipping a puppy is typically 6-8 weeks, considering factors such as size and breed to ensure their safety. It is a requirement that puppies are microchipped before they are sold.

My puppy is not fully vaccinated – is it safe to bring them in?
Absolutely.  Our clinic room is hygienically disinfected between appointments and your puppy will not come into contact with surfaces that have not been cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.

What is the minimum age that a kitten can be microchipped?  
We will microchip kittens from the age of 8 weeks.

How long does it take?
Microchipping takes around 15 minutes for a single pet – this includes filling in of paperwork and registration of the chip.

Will it hurt my pet?
Microchipping is a relatively quick and simple procedure that is generally considered safe and low-risk. It may cause some mild discomfort or a slight pinch during the insertion of the microchip, but the level of pain experienced by the dog is usually minimal. Most dogs tolerate the procedure well and recover quickly.

Do I have to book?
We offer Microchipping Tuesday-Friday.  To book in, please call 01484 246420 as this service is not bookable online.

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