This is an excellent way to identify your pet. It involves the implantation of a chip (about the size of a large grain of rice) between the shoulder blades. This is relatively painless and is well tolerated although many people close their eyes at the time (including me!).

This chip carries an unique number that is linked to your pet, the details of which are stored on a central database. Should your pet stray or for any reason get separated from you and be scanned by a rescue organisation or vet then your details are immediately to hand.

This allows contact to be established quickly to aid return of the pet and is also useful where emergency veterinary treatment is required.

‘Chipping is also a requirement for the Pet Passport Scheme. Current legislation means that all dogs must be microchipped by law. Please remember to update your details with the database if you change address or telephone number.

Consultation with vet at Chandlers Ford Vet Surgery