Microchip your dog and cat

How to get your dog or cat microchipped

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • How to book your dog or cat to be microchipped
  • Do I need my pet microchipped?
  • What is a microchip?
  • Why should I microchip my dog?

We can microchip your dog in your home for free. We also microchip cats, but charge a small fee of £20 per cat.

Contact us to book an appointment:

Phone 01206 282581 or 

Email: customerservice@colchester.gov.uk

Do I need my pet microchipped?

In 2016 it became compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. As an owner you are also required to make sure that your contact details are kept up to date with your microchip company.

The law still requires you to make sure that your dog wears a collar and identification tag when out in a public place.  Wearing a collar and tag will ensure that anyone finding your dog, without access to a microchip scanner, will be able to contact you and reunite you with your dog without incurring any fines or charges.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is slightly larger than a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dogs shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. Little or no pain is experienced - most dogs do not even seem to feel it being implanted.

How does the microchip work?  

Once in place a microchip can be detected immediately with a reader that uses radio waves to detect it. The device scans the microchip and then displays a unique code. Once the microchip is implanted we will register it with the microchip company.

Why should I microchip my dog?

A microchip may be the only means to prove the dog is yours should there be an ownership dispute.

All vets and local authorities can scan stray dogs. It enables the dog to be returned to you should the collar/tag be removed.

If your dog gets stolen it can be only means to prove ownership.

Dogs that we collect that do not have any form of identification are classed as strays and are taken to a kennels which can be stressful for the dog. 

Having your dog microchipped can save you the cost of kennelling fees should it escape.  

If a dog is not microchipped, we may serve a notice on the keeper of the dog to require them to have the dog microchipped within 21 days. If the keeper fails to arrange for this, we may take possession of the dog, microchip it and recover the costs from the keeper for this.

Which companies log microchip numbers? 

Petlog - Telephone 0870 025 0374 or visit www.petlog.org.uk

Identibase - Telephone 01904 487 600 or visit www.identibase.com

Pet Protect - Telephone 0345 602 4797 or visit www.petprotect.co.uk

Owners with chipped dogs should also contact their microchip company if their pet goes missing.

We collect over 300 stray dogs each year and tragically too may of them are never reunited with their owners. Many lost dogs end up in kennels, if they are not claimed they will be re-homed. We will never euthanise a healthy dog. It is important that your dog has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can be removed if your dog gets stolen. 

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