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Which pets can be microchipped?

Microchipping is usually associated with dogs and cats, yet many people don’t realise that other animals can also benefit from the procedure. Although it will be compulsory for dogs to be microchipped in England from 2016 onwards, any pet is at risk of going missing, and you never know what may happen. Here is a list of some of the many domestic animals that can be microchipped:

1. Dogs

From 2016, microchipping for dogs was compulsory. The microchip is inserted into the loose skin between the shoulder blades.

2. Cats

Microchipping your cat means there is a chance they could be returned to you regardless of when they go missing. A roaming cat is at risk of being hit by a car, getting lost or being stolen, so a microchip will help to identify them in any of these cases. As with dogs, it is injected into the back of the neck.

3. Parrots

Microchips are implanted about a quarter or half of an inch into muscle tissue on the left side of the parrot’s chest. This is because birds do not have a subcutaneous zone into which a chip is usually inserted, unlike dogs and cats, and they may be tempted to chew the lump created by the microchip if it is placed under the skin.

4. Horses

Horses have to be microchipped by law in the UK. The chip is injected into the nuchal ligament located in the neck.

5. Ferrets

As with dogs and cats, a microchip is implanted between a ferret’s shoulder blades. There are two sizes of chip available for ferrets; the standard ST02, and mini ST04.

6. Tortoises

The microchip is inserted into the left hind leg of a tortoise. The area needs to be carefully disinfected beforehand, as infection under the skin can be caused by bacteria on the surface. Sometimes tortoises can experience temporary lameness as a result of the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few hours.

7. Snakes

A recommended area to microchip a snake is on the left side of their neck in the subcutaneous zone.

8. Rabbits

The microchip is inserted into the rabbit’s neck, under the loose skin. Rabbits are quite likely to go missing in the same way dogs and cats are, particularly if they spend a lot of time outdoors, so consider whether microchipping yours may be beneficial.

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