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Cat and Dog Microchipping in Sutton

Microchipping Your Pet at Maven Veterinary Clinic

At Maven Veterinary Clinic, we offer microchipping as a reliable and safe method to identify your pet.

Since April 2016, it has been a legal requirement in the UK for all dogs over 8 weeks old to be microchipped and registered with an approved database. Non-compliance can result in fines of up to £500. Additionally, pets traveling abroad must be microchipped and possess an animal health certificate.

At Maven Vets we recommend microchipping for all pets.

Microchipping is included in our Pet Health for Life plan!

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What Is Pet Microchipping?

Microchipping is a permanent identification system, involving the implantation of a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin of your pet's scruff. Each chip has a unique number readable by a portable scanner, accessible to most vets, local authorities, and rescue homes, including all Maven Vets in Sutton.

If you have found a lost pet, please follow our guide on what to do when finding a lost pet here.

This ensures your contact details are easily retrievable from the central microchipping database, facilitating the quick reunification of lost pets with their owners.

Microchipping is recommended not only for dogs but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrots, tortoises, and horses. It's important to note that microchipping is legally required for all dogs and cats.


How Does a Pet Microchipping Procedure Work?

As the microchips are very small, the procedure is fairly easy and quick, but it needs to be done by a veterinary professional. We recommend doing it so with a reliable professional near you.

The microchipping procedure is quick, causes minimal discomfort, and does not require sedation. If you're unsure whether your pet is already microchipped, we can easily check using a scanner at our Sutton clinic. We always verify that an animal does not already have a microchip before implanting a new one.

When you come in for the implantation, you'll complete a registration form, and our team will submit your details to a national database. Your contact information is maintained on this database for the lifetime of your pet, with the registration fee included in the cost of implantation.

After implantation, a scanning takes place to check if the microchip is properly working. The procedure itself is similar to a routine vaccination and will cause minimal pain and discomfort to your pet.

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Why Microchipping my Pet?

By microchipping your pet, you have a better chance of finding your pet if they got lost and are taken into a veterinary practice or shelter. The pet microchips also contain your contact information, so in case they are found, it will be easy to get in touch with you!

Keeping your contact details up to date is crucial. All our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and are recognised by scanners abroad as part of the Pet Passport scheme. Otherwise, old contact information will be useless in case your pet is found.


What is the Price for Microchipping my Pet in Sutton?

At Maven Veterinary Care, we are transparent about our prices.

Our microchipping procedure costs can be found here. You can save money on your pet’s microchipping by joining our Pet Health for Life Plan, which includes microchipping.  Your pet can also get microchipped at the same time as being neutered to minimise visits to the vet. Discover more about our pricing and procedures here.

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Why Choose Microchipping your pet at Maven Vets, Sutton

Maven Veterinary Practice is a reliable veterinary clinic based in Sutton, London, and we are a proud part of the Linnaeus group. We aim to provide the best care possible for all pets under our care, and until now, we strived to do so.

Our professionals love what they do, and they hold not only the essential credentials, but also RCVS awards. We also offer a range of veterinary services, as well as emergency services so we can offer the best care possible for all our patients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our friendly team at Maven Vets in Sutton.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a microchip for your pet?

A micro-chip is a small implant approximately the size of a grain of rice.

Once your pet has been microchipped, the chip sits under the skin and, when scanned, will provide the scanner with a bar code number.


Why should I microchip my pet?

From April 2016 it became a legal requirement that all dogs over 8 weeks old in the UK are microchipped.

Most importantly, microchipping identifies your pet as yours.

Rescue centres and veterinary surgery's routinely scan stray or injured animals brought in as strays.

In many cases these animals are not strays but a much-loved pet and, if micro-chipped, the worried owner can be easily contacted and reunited.

What is involved in getting my pet microchipped?

Placing a microchip is a simple procedure where the small chip is injected through a needle under your pet’s skin.

This can be done by our vets or nurses.

A form is completed with your details, your pet’s details and, most importantly, your contact details.

This form is submitted to our micro-chip company who register the chip we have implanted with your information.

We will also give you copies of your pet’s unique micro-chip number for your records.

Is microchipping permanent?

In the majority of cases, yes.

Once the chip has been placed, it will remain under your pet’s skin.

It is very common for the chip to move from the original place it is injected.

Professionals are aware of this and will check the whole animal with the microchip scanner!

Please note that it is possible for a microchip to come out after it has been injected. This is very rare.

At Maven Vets in Surrey, if your pet’s microchip can-not be found after we have implanted it we will replace it free of charge.

What happens if I move to a new house?

If you move to a new house, you must contact your microchip company to update your contact details.

At Maven Vets we can provide you with the number to call as well as updating your details on your veterinary file.

Can all pets be microchipped?

Most pets can be microchipped including larger birds and tortoises.

If you are unsure if your pet can be micro-chipped please call us on 0208 337 2214 to enquire.

What happens when you find a pet that is microchipped?

If a stray or injured animal is brought to us at Maven Veterinary Care, we always check for a micro-chip.

As the chip can move, we scan the whole animal.

If the animal does have a microchip the scanner will detect a bar code number.

This number is checked in our database and, if the animal is a patient with us, we immediately identify and contact their owner.

If the animal is micro-chipped but the number is not registered on our database, we contact the microchip service for lost pets.

The microchip company will use the number to identify the pet and directly contact the pet’s owner.

All dog wardens and rescue centres will follow a similar protocol.


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