Hopefully everyone is now aware that it is a legal requirement for dogs over 8 weeks of age to be microchipped and for the owner details on the microchip database to be kept up to date.
At Greenbay Vets, we believe all cats should also be microchipped. If a stray cat is brought in to us, one of the first things we do is scan for a microchip. Cats with a microchip are 21 times more likely to be reunited with their owners than non-microchipped cats if they become lost. Microchipping can usually be performed in a short appointment with the vet or a qualified veterinary nurse; alternatively it can be done while your cat is under anaesthesia for neutering. For the system to work, it is vital that your contact details with the microchip company are up to date – you as the owner have to do this, we cannot do it for you.
If you want to check if your pet is already microchipped, pop them in for us to scan. We can also find out which microchip company your pet is registered with and advise how you can update your details.
This National Microchipping Month please book an appointment to get your cat or dog microchipped if it is not already. We offer a standard microchip for £15 and use ‘mini’ chips so the needle is as small as possible! We also offer a ‘bio-therm’ microchip, which can be used to read your pet’s temperature, for £28. You can book online to visit our Torquay or Paignton surgery here. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure your details on the database are up to date.