Microchipping is now a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of eight weeks. We also provide microchipping for cats and other small animals.
At LVC we regularly receive calls relating to lost and found pets. It is our hope that these animals are microchipped so they can then be easily reunit ed with their owners.
How Microchips Work
Here at Lancaster Vets we use 'slim' micro chip s that measure just 11mm. The chip is imp lanted into the loose skin on the back of the neck like an injection. The pet is not aware of the microchip's presence but is permanently identifiable unlike with tags and coll ars that can break, get lost or be removed. The micro chip carries a unique number which is stored along with your details on the UK's Nat iona l Identification Scheme Database - Petlog.
The microchip number can be retrieved by passing a hand held scanner over the back of the pet's neck. Hand held scanners are used by dog wardens, the police, vets and rescue centres - and they will routinely scan every stray anim al which is brought to them for a microchip.
Petlog can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so the owner's details can be retrieved from Petlog and the owner contacted within minutes of a pet being scanned.
How to get your Pet Microchipped
It is quick and simple to get your pet microchipped. We can do this at any routine appointment or any routine surgery, or if micro-chipping is the only reason you need to visit us, an appointment can be booked with oneof our nurses.
Mic rochipping involves a one-off charge of £12.50 and will last the lifetime of your pet.
From Apri l 2016 new legislation for compulsory microchipping of dogs came into force. All dogs must be chipped by 8 weeks of age (prior to leaving the breeder) and it is essential that you update Pet l og with any changes to your address or contact numbers. Owners of dogs that are not chipped could face a fine of £500.
For further information about microchipping your pet or to make an appointment to get your pet microchipped please contact the surgery.