Microchipping for pets in Glasgow
Microchips are an excellent way of ensuring that your pet can always be identified in the event of loss or theft. A microchip is a tiny electronic device that our team will inject just under your pet’s skin, just like a normal vaccination injection.
Each microchip has an individual code, which is logged on a central database. This can be decoded by special hand-held machines that are widely used in veterinary practices and many rescue centres.
Put simply, microchipping your pet can help to reunite you with them should they go missing.
Compulsory dog & recommended cat microchipping
Since April 6th, 2016, all dogs from 8 weeks of age and upwards in the UK must be microchipped by law. We highly recommend cats are microchipped too.
Around 1000 pets in the UK go missing every day, whether from wandering off, escaping, or being stolen. Cats especially are at risk of road traffic accidents as well. Without a microchip, it can often be impossible to trace the pet’s owner, something we see far too often here at Avenues Veterinary Centre. Rabbits and other small pets can also be microchipped. Ask us for details and prices.
Microchips are better with up-to-date contact details
Once your pet is microchipped, it’s important to keep your contact details up to date on the central microchipping database. If your pet is taken to a veterinary practice or animal rescue centre, the staff there will be able to scan your pet and get in touch with you. Outdated and incorrect contact details can make it impossible to reunite pets with their owners at times. You will need your pet’s microchip number to check your current information.
Preventative healthcare for your pet