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Microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff.

Every microchip has a unique number that can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, local authorities, and rescue homes, including Sandhole Veterinary Centre, have access to, which means your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database. Once your cat has been scanned and identified by its microchip, a phone call can reunite you with your pet.

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Microchipping at Sandhole Vets in Kent

Sandhole Vets strongly advises cat microchipping, especially if your cat likes to go outside. Even house cats may wander off, but if your cat spends a good amount of time outdoors then a microchip may be vital in helping reunite you should they get lost or get into an accident. It's also important to remember that your pet needs to be microchipped and have a pet passport if you intend to take them overseas.

Microchipping Procedure

Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip and is a relatively quick procedure that can take place during a consultation. Moreover, we always make sure your cat hasn’t already got a microchip before inserting a new one and can see if they already have one with our scanner.

The Sandhole Vet team will ask you to fill out a registration form at the time of the microchipping process, and your information will then be added to a national database. Additionally, it is crucial to update any changes to your contact information as soon as possible because the database will save these records for the duration of your cat's life (the fee for this is included in the cost of the implantation.)

At Sandhole Vets, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can be recognised by scanners worldwide when used in the Pet Passport scheme.

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