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Microchipping

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Microchipping your pet is quick and easy and well-tolerated by the the vast majority of pets. We use the smallest available chips on the market to minimise any discomfort to your puppies and kittens. Microchipping in cats can be delayed until they are anaesthetised for neutering, but in our experience young kittens tolerate microchipping really well at the time of their first or second vaccination. Legally in the UK puppies are to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age, so this should be done by the breeder or shelter before the puppy goes to its new home. This means the puppy can be traced back to its breeder and can help prevent irresponsible, indiscriminate breeding (e.g. puppy farms).

Horses, ponies, and donkeys must also now be microchipped by law. This is quick, easy, and inexpensive.

Chipping cats is not currently required by UK law, although there is currently a proposal to introduce this in the future. Cats are probably more likely to go missing than dogs and chipping is a good way of identifying their true owner and returning them home. Exotic pets can also be microchipped upon request.

Your pet’s chip number with your contact details on the Petrac, Petlog or Identibase websites allows you to be reunited if they are lost or stolen. You can chose which details you give to the site and can accept or decline the marketing they offer.

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