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Why microchip?

Why should I have my pet microchipped?

MegDilSadly, it is estimated that 250,000 pets go missing every year. Even with the greatest care in the world a risk of being part of that number still remains.

Microchips have been shown to greatly increase the chance a lost or stolen pet will make it home. Collar identification tags are an important and legal requirement for dogs, but they can fall off, break or be removed. This cannot happen to a microchip. As a permanent method of identification it will normally last the lifetime of your pet. It around the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted just underneath the skin between the shoulder blades. Once the microchip is inserted your pet won’t even notice it is there.

If a Local Authority, Vet or Rescue recovers your pet and scans for a microchip and one is found, a quick and successful reunification is much more likely. A microchip is totally inactive until a scanner is passed over it. The energy sent out by the scanner enables the microchip to transmit it's unique identification number.Pet and owner details are registered alongside the unique microchip number on a pet microchip database - we use Petlog. Once an authorised person is aware of your pet's unique microchip number, a quick call or search on the database will allow them to obtain your contact details. Keeping your contact details up to date is crucial to ensure your pet is returned safely.

For an added layer of security use a Trovan Microchip. Manufactured to the highest quality standards with 25 years experience behind the design, combined with with six-sigma manufacturing standards as well as full ISO 11784/11785 compliance, you can be assured you are making the best choice for your pet by choosing to use a petDetect microchip.

It is important to note that microchipping dogs is going to be compulsory in England, Scotland, and Wales. It is already a legal requirement for dogs in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

What species can be microchipped?


Many dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets have been microchipped, however, microchipping can have an important role in identifying any animal. Microchips have been used in zoos, wildlife projects and in many pet exotics as well as livestock, fish and equines. Many different species can be registered with Petlog, and here at petDetect we recommend all pet exotics are microchipped. Many pet exotics must be microchipped by a vet, due to the varying implant sites and requirement for anatomical knowledge to be able to place them. Many exotic vets are knowledgeable in microchipping exotic species, and owners can use the Find an Exotics Vet feature of our sister company Vetark Professional in order to locate a local exotics vet.

How much does pet microchipping cost?

Costs can vary depending on the implanter, area of the country you are located and how many animals you need to have microchipped. Most implanters charge between £10-20 per pet - please visit our Find an Implanter page to search for your local petDetect Implanter. Included in this price is lifelong registration onto the Petlog database for your pet, unless you need to update contact details or change ownership, there are no further charges to remain on their database.