At Holmefield we recommend that all pets are microchipped. The government has recently announced that all dogs in England must be microchipped, by law, from 6 April 2016.

We all love our pets dearly and dread the thought of loosing them. Microchipping is one of the best ways to find your pet should it get lost. This is due to the unique number each chip carries. All your details are stored on a central database and can be accessed once the chip has been scanned. Dog wardens, vets and re-homing centres all have scanners and check any stray animals brought into them, thereby increasing the likelihood of a reunion.

The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed through the skin between the shoulders blades, using a needle. The process is quick, relatively pain free and permanent.

Microchipping is also a requirement of the PETs travel scheme.

Please note that under the Control of Dogs Act 1992—Every dog shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner attached to it. Therefore microchipping is not a replacement for conventional dog tags.