Microchipping & Pricing
How much does it cost to microchip your pet?
Implanting microchip costs £14.00 per pet treated.
Microchipping Your Pet
Whether you have a dog, cat or rabbit, your pet can be microchipped. Microchipping your pet gives them the best possible chance of being returned to you if they become missing. Microchipping your dog is now compulsory (since 6 April 2016).
What is a microchip and how does it work?
A microchip is a small electronic device that’s about the size of a grain of rice. It is made of glass or biopolymer and encases a unique 15-digit code that directly links your information to your pet. The tiny microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin, between their shoulder blades. It is similar to getting an injection, with little or no pain experienced. The Microchip is designed to last a lifetime as the tissue around the microchip holds it in place under the skin.
Do microchip have GPS?
Pet microchip don’t have GPS technology. They use Radio frequency technology that is able to be checked for information using a handheld electronic device, called a scanner.
Why microchip your pet?
Microchipping is the best way of being reunited with your pet if you are ever separated, so we would always recommend getting your pets microchipped.
What’s the law on dog microchipping?
- From 6th April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped and registered by the breeder on an authorised database by the time they are 8 weeks old, and before they are transfered to a new keeper. The new keeper must then register the dog in their name and keep their details up to date.
- Your dog must still wear a collar and tag with your contact details on when in public.
- If your dog is scanned by a dog warden and found not to have a microchip you will have 21 days to get them microchipped. If you don’t, you could face a fine of up to £500, if you still don’t comply with the law after this your dog could be seized by an enforcer. So please be safe and a responsible owner and keep your details up-to-date.
If your pet becomes lost, dog wardens, rescue centres and vets can look up your details to help reunite the two of you.
When dogs are found straying they are collected by the local authority dog warden and kept for seven days. If your pet is microchipped your contact details will be easily found and you can collect them straight away, even if their collar and ID tag have fallen off.
But without identification telling the dog warden who your dog belongs to, they cannot let you know your beloved pet has been found. After seven days your dog can be passed to a rehoming charity, to be found a new home, or they can be euthanized by the local authority.
It is not a legal requirement to have other pets microchipped, however we would always recommend you do. Cats especially like to wander and it is easy for them to get lost if they get frightened.
Pets who are likely to travel abroad on family holidays will also need a microchip.
If you don’t keep your details up to date, the chances of being reunited with your pet if they go missing significantly decrease.
Don’t run the risk of not seeing your dog again.
Updating Your Pet’s Microchip Details
Your pet’s microchip contains vital information, including:
- Your full name, address and contact details.
- The breeder’s licence number and the local authority in which they are licenced (if applicable).
- Your pet’s assigned identification number, name, gender, breed, date of birth and even their colour.
How do I change my pet microchip details?
If you move house or change your phone number you must update the microchip company with your new details. This is the same if you rehome an animal that is already microchipped. The unique 15-digit number needs to be assigned to your details rather than that of a previous owner.
It is your responsibility to contact your microchip company to change details, but your vet can help you if you have lost your pet’s microchip number or are not sure which company your pet’s microchip is registered with.
How to update:
- Determine the manufacturer of your pet's microchip. This should be on any microchip paperwork you hold.
- Determine which database holds your contact details.
NOTE: If you do not know either the database or the manufacturer, these can be determined by the chip number prefix (the first part of your dog's microchip number) which is each unique to a certain database. If you also do not know your pet's microchip number, contact your vet to see if they have this information stored, or arrange your pet to be scanned so you can get the number.
- Fill out the change of details form. Each database will have a form you can fill out which will allow you to change your details.
- The cost of actually getting your dog microchipped covers only the implantation of the chip itself; it doesn’t cover the cost of changing your pet’s details in the future.