Also known as a microchip, an identichip is a small bio-polymer coated chip about the size of a long grain of rice. It is implanted under your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades, by a simple injection, and carries a unique identification code, usually in the form of a 15 digit number which is stored on a large database linked to your name and address.
The chip can be read by scanners worldwide, and all vets, rescue centres, dog wardens and animal charities will own these scanners.
Many different types of animals can be identichipped including dog, cats, rabbits and even tortoises! We will commonly perform the procedure at second vaccination (10-12 weeks of age) or at neutering (around 6 months of age).
In April 2016 microchipping became compulsory for dogs in the UK!
If you do not get your dog microchipped or your details registered on an approved database, then it will be considered as not complying with the regulations and a notice may be served. If you then do not microchip your dog within 21 days of the served notice, you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
In December 2021 the Government announced that it intended to intoduce compulsory cat microchipping to help reunite lost and stray pets.
Under the new plans, all keepers must ensure their pet is microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks and their contact details stored and kept up to date in a pet microchipping database. Owners found not to have microchipped their cat will have 21 days to have one implanted, or may face a fine of up to £500.
We strongly recommend have you animal identichipped for peace of mind-helping to prevent loss, theft, for any foreign travel and to keep within the law.