Microchipping is a quick and easy injection that places a tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice under the skin of the scruff of the neck. There is no need for sedation or anaesthetic. Each microchip carries a unique number that can be read by a portable scanner and will allow veterinary surgeries, the authorities and rescue centres to contact you should your dog become lost or is stolen.

There are many very good reasons why dogs should be microchipped.

  • The microchip is a permanent means of identifying your dog.
  • The chances of your dog being reunited with you should they become lost or stolen will significantly increase once your dog is microchipped.
  • Microchips are safe, practical and effective.
  • Microchipping is a deterrent to dog theft.
  • Microchipping allows veterinary surgeons to contact owners should a stray dog be presented and emergency treatment is required.
  • Pets travelling abroad are required to be microchipped.
  • Microchipping takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.

Once your dog has been microchipped if you move house or change your telephone number you must update your details on the microchipping database as soon as possible. You can only be reunited with your pet if your personal details are current and correct.

From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dog owners in England to ensure that their dog has been microchipped.

Clarendon House are currently supporting The Dogs Trust Campaign to microchip as many dogs as possible by offering clients the opportunity to have their dog microchipped for free.

Please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk for more details.

You can also have your dog microchipped for free at Clarendon House as part of our Healthy Pet Club.

If you have any further questions regarding the benefits of microchipping your dog or if you would like to book an appointment to have your dog microchipped please contact the surgery directly and we will be happy to make an appointment.