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Guide To Chipping Your Pet

Microchipping is the new way to identify your pet.  But what is it and what does it mean for your pet?

Pet Passports

You must get your vet to fit a microchip in your pet before you can get a pet passport (see our Guide to Taking a Pet Abroad). 

The microchip should meet ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785.  This is because the microchip readers, used at ports of entry to the UK, are set up for those types of microchip.  If the microchip does not meet one of these Standards you must provide a reader that can read the microchip number at the time of any inspection.

How/where is it fitted?

The microchip is usually inserted in the skin on the back of your pet's neck.  It is inserted with a needle and shouldn't hurt your pet any more than having an inoculation.  Your pet shouldn't need an anaesthetic.

How do you know if it's working?

Ask your vet to check that the microchip number can be read before and after it has been fitted.  Get your vet to read the microchip every time you visit, just to make sure it's still working.

Other uses

The microchip can also be extremely useful if your pet is lost or stolen.   You should keep a note of the microchip number, in case you ever have to identify your pet.

You can also register your pet's microchip number with Pet Log.

Many insurance companies now ask whether your pet has had a microchip fitted, when you apply for pet insurance.

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