Microchipping Information for Professional Groomers
There is always a lot of talk in the press about microchipping pets, and recently the government announced the compulsory microchipping of all dogs from 2016 to help tackle irresponsible dog ownership.
How Does Microchipping Work?
The chip contains a randomly generated 15-digit number that is unique to the animal. This number is added to a pet registration database, along with the owner’s details. There are currently four microchip database operators in the UK.
The actual process of microchipping is quick and simple. The inserter places a very small microchip the size of a grain of rice under the dog’s skin with a sterilised needle between the shoulder blades. The process is just like a standard vaccination – it does not hurt the animal, and no aesthetic is required. The microchip stays in place under the skin encased in a biocompatible material, so there is no chance of the body rejecting the chip. The microchip is for life, and never needs replacing.
Can Pro Groomers Offer a Microchipping Service?
Yes – many do already! Most vet surgeries can microchip cats and dogs, and increasingly this is a service that grooming salons also offer their customers. You can usually charge around £20 – 30, and this cost is typically the same regardless of the animal’s size or breed. To train as an Implanter, you will need to attend a workshop, usually for half a day, to become qualified. Ask your local vet for more information on local microchip training courses.