Microchipping for pets in Essex
Microchipping is a quick and simple procedure that helps re-unite you with your dog or cat should they go wandering from home.
We use Identichip microchips. A microchip is a computer-chip device enclosed within a plastic polymer and is approximately the size of a rice grain. It is injected under the skin at the base of the neck between the shoulder blades. No anaesthetic is necessary and implantation only takes seconds. The microchip bears a unique 15 digit code which, together with the owner’s details, are recorded on a national database.
If your microchipped pet is lost, we and most rescue homes can identify them by scanning them with a handheld scanner and a telephone call to the database company, which will provide us with your telephone numbers.
You pay a one-off fee for microchipping and full registration with Identichip. If you move house Petlog does make a nominal charge for change of details.
A few years ago we had a stray terrier handed into us at our Maldon surgery. As in all unidentified pets, we scanned him and to our joy found that he had been microchipped. Petlog gave us the owner’s telephone numbers and on contacting the owner she burst into tears of joy and could hardly believe her good fortune. She informed us that he had been stolen a year previously and that she lived near Birmingham! What a great success with reuniting him with his owner!
From 2016 it became a legal requirement for every dog in England to be microchipped.
Cat microchipping is also now compulsory in England, with all cats over 20 weeks old needing a microchip implanted by the 20th June 2024.