From 6th April 2016 it is a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped in England and Wales.
Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. As of November 2016 the law for microchipping pets doesn't include cats but microchipping is strongly recommended for felines.
Our trained pet carers can microchip dogs, cats and rabbits. Just call or email us to book your pet in to be microchipped.
Why do dogs need to be microchipped?
Microchipping dogs. Microchipping your dog gives him or her the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen. It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped and to keep your registration details up-to-date is also important. Thousands of pets are lost each year and unfortunately many never get reunited with their owners but microchipping your pet can help change this because microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively whereas a collar or name tag can be lost of removed easily.
Please make sure that you have your dog microchipped and that your details are up to date on the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details. For instance, if you move house or change your telephone number, make sure that you update your registered details so that if your pet becomes lost or stolen the rescuers can return him or her to you at the correct address. For more information about microchipping your dog, please call us and we'll be happy to help.
How much does microchipping a dog cost?
We microchip dogs, cats and rabbits at our Pet Care Centre in Royal Wootton Bassett, near Swindon Wiltshire. We charge £10 per dog, cat or rabbit. Just call or email us to book in your pet. Alternatively you can arrange for your local vet to microchip your dog, although prices will vary but they’ll usually charge around £15 - £20. Some local animal charities and organisations, as well as some local authorities also offer microchipping.
How do I find out if my dog is microchipped?
To find out if your dog is microchipped, or to find out the microchip number, simply bring them along to us or take them to your local vet and have them scanned. If your dog does have a microchip you can search the number online to make sure all the information is up to date.