Most vets in the UK offer a pet chipping service along with a growing amount of local authorities and animal welfare groups. At a veterinary surgery it will cost between £15 - £30.
Some animal welfare organisations offer chipping free of charge or hold free of charge events occasionally.
If your pet goes missing or is stolen, microchipping is the most reliable way of reuniting a pet with their owner.
If you still can’t find your information, here is a list of government approved microchipping databases you can contact.If you’re a dog owner, legally, your pet must be registered with one of these organisations: ● Animal Tracker tel: 01279 219777● Identibase tel.It is also a legal requirement for your dog to wear a dog collar with a tag stating your name and contact details when in public areas. It is a safe method of identification and increases the chances of your pet being safely returned should they stray too far.In addition, rabbit microchipping is becoming increasingly popular to help reunite lost bunnies with their owners.So dog owners are urged to add this to their “to do” list ahead of moving home.
Updating your details if you have brought your cat into the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme or through quarantine is especially important.
If you move house or change your phone number, you must contact your microchip database provider to let them know.
It is a legal requirement that you keep your pet’s microchip details up-to-date so that you can be contacted should the worst happen and your pet goes missing.
Approximately 1 in 2 households owns a pet, which amounts to an enormous 20 million pets owned (excluding fish) nationwide.
Sadly, a staggering 1,774 dog thefts were reported to police and 81,050 stray dogs were handled by Local Authorities between 2015-2016.
If your cat strays while your details are still registered overseas and his legal entry to the UK cannot be verified, your cat may face a further period of quarantine or even euthanasia by the authorities.