Every year more than 300, 000 pets go missing. Pets can go missing for a variety of reasons: they can become scared during the firework season or heavy thunderstorms, wander too far from a new house and being, naturally inquisitive, can easily become lost whilst investigating smells or noises.

However, microchipping is a straightforward and simple procedure which can reunite lost pets with their owners quickly and efficiently.

microchipImplanting a Tracer microchip is a straightforward procedure, just like an injection. Your vet will locate the implant in a standard position on your pet using a preloaded sterile implanter. For dogs and cats, this will be under the loose skin of the neck.

Each Tracer microchip is slightly larger than a grain of rice. It is coated with an almost unbreakable polymer coating which is ten times stronger than the glass coating used by other microchips. It sits safely and comfortably under your pet’s skin. Each microchip has a unique code which is linked to the 24 hour Petlog database. The database contains all your details such as your name, address and phone number. If your pet is found away from home, most vets, animal charities and local authorities will have a scanner to read the Tracer microchip and retrieve your pet’s details. Your pet can then be returned to you safe and sound.

Although dogs, cats and rabbits are the most commonly microchipped animals, many others can benefit from this permanent form of identification. Birds, horses, reptiles such as snakes, tortoises, fish and almost any small animal can be microchipped.

Your contact details are stored on the Petlog national database. If you move, or change your contact details, it is crucial that you contact Petlog to update your details so that your pet has every chance of being reunited with you, should it become lost.

You can also contact Petlog on 0844 463399 or visit www.petlog.org.uk for further information.

At Deveron Vets we currently offer microchipping at a reduced rate if carried out alongside another procedure e.g. vaccinations.