Blythman and Partners - Veterinary Practices in Tyne And Wear


We highly recommend microchipping to ensure your pet’s wellbeing. This reliable and permanent means of identification will increase the chance of a happy reunion, should your pet ever go missing. For Dogs, it is a legal requirement and must be taken seriously.

From June 10th, cats must be microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks – with the only exception being feral cats. Their contact details must be stored and kept up to date in a Government approved pet microchipping database

Legal requirements

  • From 6 April 2016, all dogs are required by law to be microchipped. The chip needs to be linked to the owner’s current contact information to be compliant. Your dog will still need to wear a collar and tag that states the name and address of the owner when in a public place, even if microchipped.
  • From 10 June 2024, any owned cat over the age of 20 weeks must be microchipped and the keeper’s contact details registered on a compliant database. Microchipping is by far the most effective and quickest way of identifying lost pets. As we’ve seen with dog microchipping, those who are microchipped are more than twice as likely to be reunited with their owner.

Why is microchipping important?

  1. Unmatched reliability
    Traditional identification methods such as collars or tags can easily get lost or removed. Microchips, however, offer a fail-safe option for identifying your pet. These tiny electronic devices, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted painlessly beneath your pet’s skin. Each microchip carries a unique identification number that remains with your pet for life.
  2. Quick reunions
    When a lost pet is found, animal shelters, veterinarians, and rescue organizations can scan for a microchip. The scanned identification number is then cross-referenced with a secure database containing your contact information. This efficient process enables us to quickly reunite you with your beloved companion, eliminating unnecessary stress and worry.
  3. Protection against theft
    Microchipping acts as a powerful deterrent against pet theft, as stolen pets can be easily identified when their microchip is scanned. By ensuring your pet is microchipped, you’re taking an active step towards safeguarding them from potential theft.
  4. Lifesaving medical information
    Microchips can store important medical information about your pet, such as allergies or specific health conditions. This enables veterinarians to provide swift and accurate treatment during emergencies when time is of the essence.

The Microchipping process

Microchipping is a quick and safe procedure that can be performed during a routine visit to our clinic. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Consultation
    Our experienced vets will discuss the benefits of microchipping and address any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll guide you through the process and ensure you have all the necessary information you need.
  2. Implantation
    Once you’re ready, the microchipping process begins. Using a sterile needle, the microchip is painlessly inserted beneath your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades. Most pets tolerate this procedure exceptionally well, experiencing little to no discomfort.
  3. Registration
    Following the procedure, we will guide you through the microchip registration process. This involves providing your contact details and pertinent information, which will be stored securely in a national database accessible by authorised organisations.
  4. Updating Information
    Remember to keep your contact information up to date. If you move or change your phone number, it’s crucial to inform the microchip database provider so that you can always be reached in case your pet is found.

Make an Appointment Today!

Don’t wait another day to enhance your pet’s safety and security. Contact Our Vet Clinic to schedule a microchipping appointment or to inquire further about the process. Our compassionate team is here to ensure the well-being of your beloved pets, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Microchip your pet today – a small step that makes a big difference!