We Believe That If Your Pet Can be Microchipped, then they should be!
Our Pets are our family and we would be devastated if they were ever lost. Chipping your pet is simple and easy.
A microchip is as small as a grain of rice and is implanted into your pet, as a result, when they are found and scanned with any microchip scanner their owner can be contacted.
Collars need to have a name tag, especially if you have a dog. Your name and contact details should be displayed on the name tag by law when you are out of your home with your canine companion. Remember, a collar can be removed if your pet goes missing, whereas the microchip still reveals your pet’s identity and the owner details.
Paws Of Cheshire Microchip Cats, Dogs and Rabbits.
Paws Of Cheshire have the standard size and also mini microchips. Cats, rabbits and small Dog breeds are better with the smaller size. This makes it an easier process for your furry friend!
Smart Chip is our provider. Registration is free, and it costs £9.95 to transfer ownership should you move house for example. This is a minimal cost in comparison with other providers.
All chips of any make can be scanned, therefore, revealing the make of the microchip. Once scanned, the database will be contacted (which in this case is Smart Trace). Smart-Trace contacts the owner to provide the details and location of the pet so that they will be reunited.
Smart-Trace automatically gives you an account, log in using the details provided at the time of implanting. An email is sent to you, and you also have
a card providing your number.
Our Micro-chipping Services
It is £10 per animal to be chipped with Paws Of Cheshire, or if you have a litter, we do a discount of £2. per animal. Our call out fee is free if you are located under 1 mile away. It is only £5 extra to come and microchip at your house if you are between 1-3 miles away. This is very handy for young animals. Rest assured, I am fully qualified and hold the Lantra Micro-Chipping qualification.
Is it compulsory to have my dog chipped?
Yes, it is compulsory to have DOGS microchipped in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
From the 06/04/2016 it became compulsory in England.
This is only compulsory for dogs. However, we do advise to have any pet micro-chipped to give you the best chance of being reunited if they were to go missing.
What should I do if my pet goes missing?
If your pet is missing and he or she does have a microchip please inform your microchip provider of this along with the last known location of the pet. This can be done via phone or by logging on to your online account.
If your pet has been microchipped by us at Paws Of Cheshire, you can do this via telephone. Please call Smart Trace on 08445 420 999.
We recommend that you post on social media, put posters up in your area, contact all vets in your surrounding area as well as all rescue organisations.
Who do I contact if I find a pet?
The Environment Protection Act 1990 states any finder of a stray dog is to return the dog to its rightful owner, or contact a local authority (dog warden service) to report it and have the dog picked up.
Always check the pets name tag. If there are no details found, then contact the dog warden or take the pet to the vets where they can be scanned for a microchip.
What is a Micro-chip and how does it work?
A chip is small in size, in fact, it is no bigger than a grain of rice. It’s made up of a few components all inside its tiny Bioglass structure which is covered with a parylene coating to help to prevent migration around the pet’s body.
The best part of microchip implantation is the simplicity; it is the easiest and effective way of reuniting animals with their humans! All it takes is a simple scan over the implanted area on an animal to locate the chip and number, when put into the correct database this number will give all the registered owner contact details.
Are Paws Of Cheshire qualified to microchip my pet?
Yes, rest assured, Katie has completed the Lantra Level 3 Ofqual approved microchip training qualification in performing microchip implantation in animals.
In April 2016 the government introduced new legislation that any non-veterinarian carrying out this procedure must hold a suitable recognized qualification. This level 3 qualification in ‘Performing Microchip Implantation in Animals’ has been developed in response to the new law. It is nationally recognized under the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The qualification is developed by Lantra – the leading awarding body for land-based and environmental assessments and qualifications.
What is the best age to microchip puppies?
We recommend that all puppies should be at least six weeks old. it is law that they are microchipped by eight weeks old. We will always try to wait until almost 8 weeks old, just before the puppy is rehomed, depending on the size of the puppy.
There are exceptions to the eight-week rule; If a vet has certified the puppy as a working dog, (they will also have their tail docked) they have to be microchipped by the age of twelve weeks. Remember, it is illegal for the puppy to leave with their new owners until microchipped. When we come out to microchip we will always use our discretion. if we feel that the puppy is unwell or too small to be microchipped you will have to go to your vets for an exemption certificate. With this certificate, the puppy can go to their new owners. It will, therefore, be the new owner’s responsibility to have the puppy microchipped following veterinary advice.
Who can microchip?
Those holding the correct qualification. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the vet. In fact, most people with a litter of puppies will prefer the mobile service. The fact that the puppies will not have to be moved out of their surroundings is ideal.
What happens if I don’t microchip my dog?
You may be served a 21-day notice and face a £500. fine. You could even be prosecuted.
Our Microchip provider is Smart Trace
Don’t forget to update your details:
Smart Trace – 01208 420 999
Petlog – 01296 336579
Pet Identity – 0800 9751960
Pet Protect – 0800 0778558
What to Expect.
In Dog, Cats and Rabbits the area to be implanted with a smartchip is in between the shoulder blades.
Your pets skin and fur must be dry.
While you are holding your pet we will gently lift the loose skin upwards and insert the needle carrying the micro-chip under the skin. This is usually a fairly painless procedure and mainly animals will not bat an eyelid. We have chipped puppies who haven’t made a sound and don’t appear to even know the procedure is being carried out. However, unfortunately, in some cases where the animal has tight skin, they will feel it more.
I think that you’ll agree, it is always better to have your pet chipped even though there is a chance that they may feel some short-term discomfort, rather than them becoming lost.
It is very important that you do not rub and touch the area where your pet has been implanted. They may be slightly sore and you do not want the microchip to migrate.
You shouldn’t bath your pet for 3 days afterwards.
In Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits, the implantation site is between the shoulder blades. Therefore, their shoulders may be sore for the next 24 – 48 hours.
It is usually very straightforward and we have never had any complications with pets that we have microchipped.