From 6th April 2016 in the UK is became compulsory for all dogs over 8 weeks old to be microchipped.
This is a good thing for dogs that are lost or stolen as it helps the authorities/rescue centres to reunite dogs with their humans.
Microchipping is quick to implant an it does not harm the animal being microchipped. Although some animals may make a fuss.
It is injected into the ruff area (back of the neck) where injections/booster shots are usually given. The needle is slightly larger than standard injection needles but it only takes a few seconds to implant.
The chip should remain in the back of the neck for the lifetime of the animal. Although there are cases where it has managed to move around and could be down one of the shoulders.
Vets always check these areas if the chip is not found straight away.
The microchip is recorded on a national register and normally there is no further cost after the initial implantation.
There is a small charge for updating or changing the information on the national register.
Although the date for compulsory microchipping has passed, if your dog is not microchipped then contact your local vet for advice about microchipping.
Microchipping of other animals such as cats, although not compulsory, is also useful if those animals could be lost or stolen.
There were issues where some readers were unable to read the chip after it was implanted. The is was due to the frequency of the chip and with legislation a lot of those problems have been resolved.
The frequency of the chip can still be an issue for any animals that travel internationally.
It is always a good thing to get the chips checked when visiting your vet during routine visits.
There is always the rare case that the chip may fail over time.
After an animal has crossed over the rainbow bridge it would help to notify the chip company but very few humans know to do this.