Vicky uses Pet ID microchip technology which involves a tiny pre-programmed microchip being implanted under the skin of your pet. Should your pet then
become lost, a scanner is used to activate and read the chip to identify your
details on a UK-wide pet owners’ database, such as Petlog.
A Pet ID microchip is the size of a large grain of rice (11mm x 2mm), encased in
a biocompatible glass, and covered by a special coating called Parylene C that
allows tissue fibres to grow around the microchip holding it in place.
How does a Pet ID microchip work?
Cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets are microchipped between the shoulder blades,
just below the surface of the skin. Although a larger needle is used than in conventional injections, it has been designed in such a way that the animal should
experience no more discomfort than with a conventional injection. In fact, with the
needles that Vicky uses, most animals don’t even realise that they are being
chipped at all!
The chip is passive, has an indefinite life, requires no batteries, is biocompatible, impermeable and chemically stable.
What is a Pet ID microchip scanner?
A pet microchip scanner is a small handheld device the size of a large calculator
that is tuned to the frequency of the implanted microchip.
Pet microchip scanners are used by veterinary practices, animal welfare groups,
dog control officers, local authority personnel and all independent microchip
implanters. All of these professionals are trained to implant and scan pet
microchips and are registered with Pet ID and Petlog.
Registration of Petlog
Once your pet is microchipped, it is registered onto Petlog, either by filling out the simple registration forms provided by Vicky, or they will register the animal online
If any of your details change you must keep Petlog informed so that your details
on the database are up to date, and if lost, your pet can be re united with you.
If your pet is already microchipped and your details have changed, contact Petlog
on 0844 4633 999 to update your details now (please note that there is a charge
for this service).
Should your pet become lost, it can then be scanned with a handheld Pet ID
scanner by animal wardens, vets or animal shelter staff. They can then quickly
identify your pet by contacting Petlog to obtain the owner’s details. Often a pet’s
owner is contacted before they even realise their pet has gone missing.
Microchips should be checked each year at vaccination time just for peace of mind, and especially if you are taking your pets abroad on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
Microchip Implant Training
Vicky has been trained to implant microchips by Pet-ID, who have over 20 years
of experience running microchip training courses. In accordance with current
legislation these courses are designed to teach 'students' how to safely and
competently implant companion animals which includes; dogs, cats, rabbits, and
ferrets, only. The course is a full day covering all aspects of microchip technology
relevant to the companion animal field including scanning, implanting microchips,
reunification, database usage and the setting up of microchip schemes.