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Microchipping your pet.

This is a legal requirement for all dogs and as of 10th June 2024 all cats. It can also be done in other pets as required (ie rabbits, tortoises). This is especially important to allow missing pets to be reunited with their owners as soon as possible. 


Microchipping is a procedure where a tiny microchip with a unique code is implanted under the skin of your pet. This procedure is quick and relatively painless. Microchipping can be performed conscious, however, in some cases we will perform the procedure during a general anaesthetic if we deem it to be more appropriate.


For dogs it is a legal requirement for them to be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. If your dog has already been microchipped by the time you take them on then the breeder or the previous owner should be able to pass on the details of the microchip number and the company the microchip is registered with. This is so that you can contact the company and alter any relevant contact details.


From the 10th of June 2024 cats must be implanted with a microchip by the time they are 20 weeks old.  For adult cats we can perform the procedure in a routine consultation. We can also do this for kittens, however, due to their size, we will often perform microchipping at the time of neutering.


It is very important to keep any microchip registration details up to date so we have the best chance of returning a missing pet to their owners. If you are unsure of your pets microchip number we can scan your pet’s microchip in order to provide you with the information required to update your contact details.

Contact Phoenix Vets Loughborough today to get your pet microchipped.

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