In April 2016 it became compulsory for all dogs in Wales to be microchipped. Here at Ash Veterinary Surgery we are strongly in favour of microchipping. We think it is a fantastic idea that all dogs (an indeed cats) should be chipped, to encourage responsible pet ownership and make sure lost pets get home safely.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin in the scruff of the neck by injection. The chip has a unique code number which is recorded on a national database. It is read by a bar code reader which is passed over the back of the neck. The database can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure your missing pet gets safely back home.
If your pet goes missing, is brought in as a stray, or is involved in an accident, we can read the chip number and contact you to tell you that your animal has been found. Many rescue organisations and the dog warden also have microchip readers.
Dogs and cats can be safely microchipped without the need for sedation or anaesthetics, meaning it can be done at any of our surgeries by a vet or a nurse. Just give us a ring and we can make you an appointment.
Microchips can be implanted in animals other than dogs and cats. Rabbits, birds and exotic pets such as tortoises can also be microchipped. Please give us a ring to enquire about chipping other species. These more unusual candidates would need to be admitted for a morning for the procedure.