Microchipping

The Practicalities: Rabbit laying down

Unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that pets go missing every day. Whilst a microchip won’t bring them back immediately, it will greatly improve the chances that they will be identified and reunited with their owners quickly and safely. Aside from bringing peace of mind, microchipping is required by law on many occasions: all animals travelling abroad must be microchipped, and from April 2016 it is compulsory for all dogs living in the UK.


Tortoise A microchip is a small (slightly bigger than a grain of rice) electronic device that provides permanent identification for the animal it is implanted in. Details of your pet, along with contact details for you, are then registered permanently with a national database. For cats, dogs and rabbits, the chip is placed gently beneath the skin at the back of the neck; for birds and tortoises we use different areas.

The Sandhole Difference:

Puppy eating food In order to minimise stress, we use a mini microchip for all small breed dogs, cats and all small furry, scaly and feathered creatures 

Whilst the procedure is quick and relatively painless, we always offer some tasty food to distract your pet from the needle

Are your contact details up to date?

Ginger cat Our lovely customer care team will always check the contact details we hold for you whenever you come into the practice, but if you have changed email addresses or mobile numbers recently, please ensure that you let us know. Once your pet is registered, please remember to keep your contact details up to date every time you move home or change email addresses or mobile numbers. 

It's particularly important to keep your records up to date if your pet is microchipped - both with us and with the central microchip database. In this way we can contact you quickly if your pet ever goes missing and he / she is subsequently brought in to us. 

You can check your current details on the Petlog website