Microchipping FAQs
What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic chip. It is around the size of a grain of rice and lasts a lifetime. Each chip contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner. The pet owners contact detials relationg to each number are stored on a central data base such as pet log. If the pet ever goes missing or stolen it can be scanned and retuend to its owner. It is essential that all owners keep their details up to date. 


Where is the chip implanted?

Using a specially designed implanting device, the microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the skin. In dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets this is between the shoulder blades.


Implant sites of companion animals









How does microchipping work?


1. Your pet is implanted with its micorchip containing its unique number.

2.  If your pet goes missing and is scaned the scanner sends a singal to the chip. The chip then      sends this signal back with the unique itdentity number. 

3. The chip's unique number can be looked up on the database by an authrosied individual to          obtain the owners details. 

4. If the owners detials are up to date they can be contacted an reunited with their pet.

Will it hurt my pet?

No micorchipping does not hurt your pet. No anasthetic is requiered. The proceduer will cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination. 


Will my microchip expire?

The microchip will have an expiry date on the packaging but this is purely for implantation purposes and not an expiry date for the function of reunification.


Which database are my detials stored on?

There is more than one Microchip database – how do I know where my details are being stored – do I get a choice?

Here at Help a Hound we store our chip detials on PetLog the UK's largest and most relaiable database. If you wish to have you chip checked please get intouch. PetLog and other data bases have a "look up my chip" feature. Or if you would like to have your chip registered with Petlog get in touch and we can help.  


Keeping your details upto date

Sadly hunderds of pets each year are not reunited with their owners due to their detials not being updated. It is essentail that if you move house or change your number that you update your pets details. This can be done by calling PetLog to recive the appropriate paperwork on 01296 336 579.


Here at Help a Hound we use the most uptodate high quality microchipping tecnology.


All of our chips are TV-A microchips. Which can be read both nationally and internationally.  Each chip is made with Bio-compatable glass and has a 15digit individual number confoming to IOS 11784, FDX-B type.  


Our Halo scanner reads all commonly used microchipp types  including all FDX-B 15 digit and FDX-A10 digit microchips and EM4102 chips.


Legaly form the 6th of April 2016 all dogs in the UK must be microchiped and their details stored on a uk database.