So, What is a microchip and why is it so important?
There has been a lot of press in recent weeks surrounding a change in law meaning that from 6 April 2016, all dog owners in England will legally have to microchip their dogs or face a potential fine.
You can find the BBC report on this topic HERE
and more up to date information can be found HERE
Here at Wood Street, we routinely microchip animals of all ages, particularly new puppies and kittens, and strongly advise they be considered for both cat and dog owners.
The microchip itself is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades.
There is no health risk and there are no expected side effects.
The long chip number is registered together with the owners contact details and stored on a secure database so that if the dog or cat is lost and scanned by a vet, charity such at the RSPCA, or dog warden, the pet's owner will be contacted as quickly as possible and the lost pet returned to its worried owner.