Microchipping.... Are your details up to date?

Posted on 5th April, 2017

Making the headlines this week in the veterinary sector are microchips, since compulsory microchipping came in to force last year, it has emerged that, while the majority of animals are now chipped, a staggering 44% have incorrect details. *


It used to be that an animal came into the clinic and was microchipped, that the majority of the time you could call the owner and get through on a number that worked, even if little “Fifi” can’t be with us as she’s asleep upstairs! 



Nowadays, we scan, call, email and sometimes even go to the house and knock on the door. I think I’d not be alone in saying that we don’t like seeing animals going to the rescue unless absolutely necessary. But it’s frustrating when you call and the number is inactive or the area the animal came from was hundreds of miles away. I once had a cat brought in that was scanned and supposed to be on a plane to China! It had escaped from a friend’s house a week earlier and no one had seen it since.




Even if it was bad news and your pet had been involved in an accident, personally I’d rather know either way what had happened to my pet. Wouldn’t you??


If your pet is not microchipped, it is a great idea, even the placement of the chip is not that bad. Click the image below to show you how a Microchip is implanted. While this video is for a specific type of chip, the process is the same for all chips and is just for informational purposes. 



Microchip your pet












So if you have moved in the last few years and you can’t remember if you’ve changed the details, please check. If you haven’t got the chip number you can always ask your vet, usually we have a record of the number too.



*(The data was compiled in a Voice of the Veterinary Profession spring mini-survey completed by 751 BVA members between 9 and 20 February.) Read the article HERE:

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