Pet Microchips

A microchip is a tiny glass capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, which is filled with electronic components giving a unique 15 digit number. Giving a pet a microchip is a relatively simple procedure.

Cat and Dog Microchipping in London

Cat and Dog Microchipping in London

Each year across London and wider across the UK, thousands of animals become separated from their owners and homes and are found by the local dog warden or police, brought to an animal charity, or admitted injured to a veterinary practice. Without a microchip that can be used to identify them, it can be very difficult to reunite you with your pet.

Sadly, pet theft is becoming more common. Having your pet microchipped is a safe and secure way to prove ownership and claim your lost or stolen pet once they have been found.

Keep your pet identifiable by contacting your local Goddard Veterinary Practice to arrange microchipping. Find your nearest practice across London today.

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What Is Pet Microchipping?

Although it sounds like something from a sci-fi film, microchipping is a common procedure performed by Vets and pet charities across the country. It involves a small silicon-covered microchip – about the size of a grain of rice – that is inserted under your pet’s skin. There is a unique, 15-digit code on the chip that can then be read using a handheld scanner by veterinary teams, animal charities, the police, and dog wardens. The chip number is also used to identify your pet if you are travelling abroad.

The code is then registered on a microchip database with all your details as the registered owner, allowing the registered finder to contact you and reunite you with the pet. Only groups registered with the database, such as veterinary surgeons, animal charities, and the dog warden can access your details and your details cannot be shared without your consent to members of the public.

Dog Microchipping

Since 2016, it has been a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old to be microchipped in England and Wales. You can arrange for a microchip to be implanted into your puppy from just a few weeks of age. If your puppy is very small our Vets may recommend waiting until they achieve a certain weight, and we can issue a certificate that covers you legally until the puppy has achieved this weight.

If you are not sure if your dog or puppy is already microchipped, this can be checked at a routine health check with a member of our veterinary or nursing teams.  It is a good idea to have the chip checked at every routine health check and when you bring your puppy in for their first Veterinary health check.

If your puppy was microchipped outside of the UK, it is a legal requirement to register the chip with a UK database and this is the only way we can identify your pet if they go missing in the UK.

Cat Microchipping

Many cat owners will agree that their furry friend likes to wander off. Sometimes it’s just for a few hours, but sometimes they don’t come back. Having a lost cat can be tricky because it’s hard to know where to start. Unfortunately, traditional collars and identification tags aren’t a guarantee as they can break and fall off when your cat is out and exploring.

By microchipping your cat, you can rest assured that if they are found by an animal charity or bought injured to a veterinary practice, then it will be easier for you to be contacted and for you to be confirmed as the rightful owner. Cats can be microchipped from 5 weeks old and onwards, although this will depend on the size of your kitten, and you may wish to wait until they are neutered which we can do from 4 months of age. Microchips are designed to last for a lifetime and are relatively painless and straightforward for any cat.

Cat Microchipping in London

Microchipping Indoor Cats and Compulsory Microchipping

The Government has also announced its intention to introduce compulsory microchipping for cats and so soon it will become a legal requirement. Read more on this here.

Microchip Cat flaps

Another excellent benefit of having your cat microchipped is the advancements in cat- flap technology. Several cat-flaps now use microchip technology to allow entry for your cat – this means no more unwanted furry visitors gaining access to your home and leading to stress-related behaviours or disease in your cats.

Keeping Your Details Up To Date

Microchips only work to reunite you with your pet if you keep your details up to date on the database. There are currently several databases in use in the UK and we recommend checking your registered details on a regular basis, especially if you move home or get a new phone number. You should have a record of the code in the microchip certificate for your pet or your vaccination book.

Petlog.org.uk is the website we use to register chips we implant, and they can point you in the right direction if your pet’s chip is not registered with them.

If your breeder implanted the chip and has not arranged transfer of keepership please go to the Petlog website to arrange, or the database for the chip used by the breeder.

If your pet was not microchipped in the UK, it is important that you register them in the UK and a legal requirement for dogs. Please see recording of an unregistered microchip for details.

Microchipping your cat in London

Pet Microchipping FAQs

Does Microchipping Hurt?

Although the thought of any injection for your pet can seem scary and painful, microchipping is very straightforward and will not put your pet through any unnecessary stress. Our veterinary and nursing teams are very experienced with placing chips and will adapt to the needs of your pet.

Typically, the chip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. The needle used is larger than a standard vaccination needle but shouldn’t cause any major discomfort for your pet as the procedure will only last a few seconds. Occasionally there may be a small amount of tenderness or inflammation around the site or have a minor reaction to the injection, but this settles down within a day or so.

When Should I Microchip My Pet?

Dogs should be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks old. This means if you bought your puppy from a breeder they should already be chipped, you simply need to change the details to your own. See the link above to Transfer Keepership.

Cats can be microchipped from the age of 5 weeks, and it is recommended to be done as soon as possible before they venture outside.   In very small puppies and kittens, your vet may recommend we delay the procedure or consider implanting the chip under a general anaesthetic, when they are neutered in the case of cats.

Can I Microchip Other Pets?

Almost all animals can be microchipped to help find them in the event they become lost. Along with Cats and Dogs, pets such as Rabbits, Tortoises, Ferrets, and even some birds can all be chipped.

Is A Microchip A GPS?

No. A microchip does not emit a signal and cannot be used to track the location of your pet. The microchip holds a unique microchip number and when it is scanned using a microchip scanner, the number can be obtained. This unique number, along with all your pet and contact information, is held on your record by the database so if your pet gets lost the number can be used to identify that the pet belongs to you for the purposes of reunification.

Living in such a busy city, it can be easy for your much-loved animal to find themselves lost or stolen. Microchipping provides you and your family with peace of mind that if they are found, we will be able to contact you as the registered owner. No one likes the thought of losing a beloved furry friend, but by getting your pet microchipped, you’ll be better prepared. Talk to your local Goddard Practice about microchipping your pet today.

 

Participating Practices

Acton

Address

220 Horn Lane
Acton
London
W3 6PL

Barking

Address

115A Longridge Road
Barking
Essex
IG11 8TA

Barkingside (Fremantle Road)

Address

64 Fremantle Road
Barkingside
Ilford
Essex
IG6 2AZ

Brixton

Address

212 Brixton Hill
Brixton
London
SW2 1HE

Caterham

Address

4 Timber Hill Road
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 6LD

Chalfont St Peter

Address

58 Lower Road
Chalfont St Peter
Buckinghamshire
SL9 9AA

Chessington

Address

438 Hook Road
Chessington
Surrey
KT9 1NA

Chingford

Address

158 Chingford Mount Rd
Chingford
London
E4 9BS

Collier Row

Address

54 Collier Row Lane
Collier Row
Romford
Essex
RM5 3BB

Croydon

Address

356 Lower Addiscombe Road
Addiscombe
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 7AF

Dagenham

Address

234 Oxlow Lane
Dagenham
Essex
RM10 7YX

Dundonald Road

Address

40 Dundonald Rd
Wimbledon
London
SW19 3QN

Eastcote

Address

83 Field End Road
Eastcote
Pinner
Middlesex
HA5 1QG

Edgware

Address

254 Whitchurch Lane
Edgware
Middlesex
HA8 6QH

Enfield

Address

8 Central Parade
Green Street
Enfield
EN3 7HG

Epsom Downs

Address

6 Tattenham Crescent
Epsom Downs
Surrey
KT18 5QG

Ewell

Address

150 Kingston Road
Ewell
Surrey
KT17 2ET

Fulham

Address

612 Kings Road
Fulham
London
SW6 2DX

Gidea Park

Address

144 Balgores Lane
Gidea Park
Romford
Essex
RM2 6BP

Greenford

Address

459 Oldfield Lane North
Greenford
Middlesex
UB6 0EU

Hackney

Address

5-7 Well Street
Hackney
London
E9 7QX

Ham (Richmond)

Address

6 Back Lane
Ham
Richmond
Surrey
TW10 7LF

Harrow Weald

Address

334 High Road
Harrow Weald
Middlesex
HA3 6HF

Hayes End

Address

1334-1336 Uxbridge Road
Hayes End
Middlesex
UB4 8JG

Highbury

Address

87 Grosvenor Avenue
Highbury
London
N5 2NL

Ickenham

Address

90 Swakeleys Road
Ickenham
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB10 8BB

Ilford

Address

159 Ley Street
Ilford
Essex
IG1 4BL

Kennington

Address

351 Kennington Road
Kennington
London
SE11 4QE

Kingston

Address

8 Park Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT2 6BN

Loughton

Address

96 Roding Road
Loughton
Essex
IG10 3EJ

Mandeville Veterinary Hospital

Open 24 hours

Address

15 Mandeville Road
Northolt
Middlesex
UB5 5HD

Mile End

Address

47 Burdett Road
Bow
London
E3 4TN

New Addington

Address

7 Salcot Crescent
New Addington
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 0JG

Plaistow

Address

740 Barking Road
Plaistow
London
E13 9LB

Putney

Address

153 Lower Richmond Road
Putney
London
SW15 1EZ

Raynes Park

Address

2 Grand Drive
Raynes Park
London
SW20 0JT

South Woodford

Address

8 Woodford Road
South Woodford
London
E18 2BH

Stockwell

Address

348 South Lambeth Road
Stockwell
London
SW8 1UQ

Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital

Open 24 hours

Address

41 High Street
Wimbledon Village
Wimbledon
London
SW19 5AU

Thamesmead

Address

8a Joyce Dawson Way
Thamesmead
London
SE28 8RA

Tooting

Address

224 Mitcham Road
Tooting
SW17 9NN

Tottenham

Address

17 Bruce Grove
Tottenham
London
N17 6RG

Uxbridge

Address

64 The Greenway
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 2PL

Walthamstow

Address

117 Grove Road
Walthamstow
London
E17 9BU

Wanstead Veterinary Hospital

Open 24 hours

Address

84 New Wanstead
Wanstead
London
E11 2SY

Wembley

Address

131 Carlton Ave East
Wembley
Middlesex
HA9 8PN

West Ham

Address

1 Church Street
West Ham Lane
West Ham
London
E15 3HU