Microchipping your pet is by far the best way of identification for your pet as it is permanent – collars with tags can come off or be removed.
On 6th April 2016 it became a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped and registered on the national database. Owners are required to keep their contact details up to date and register the details of the new owner if the dog is sold or given away.
Most pets can be microchipped (cats, dogs, rabbits and even exotic pets).
Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are implanted by a vet or nurse quickly and simply, using a needle.
If you wish to travel outside the UK with your pet, the legal requirements vary depending on the other country involved, so you’ll need to check the Defra website for full information: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview.
It’s also a good idea to check with your travel company to see if they:
- will accept your pet for travel – and how many they’ll accept if you have more than one
- need any proof that your pet is fit and healthy to travel, for example a letter from a vet or certain information in your pet passport
Remember to leave enough time to get all the necessary treatment and paper work in order before you travel. Pet passports are available from our surgeries to allow cats, dogs and ferrets to travel between listed countries without quarantine.
Please contact your Oakhill Veterinary Centre to make an appointment or for further information.
BREXIT: Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.
The government has issued further guidance for pet owners on its website.