Pet Protection

MICROCHIPPING

Microchipping your pet gives you peace of mind should they ever go missing, safe in the knowledge that they can be returned to you quickly and safely. 

In 2016 it became a legal requirement that every dog in the UK is chipped and that the chip details are kept up to date by the owner or keeper of the dog.

We use the Micro-ID mini-chip from Happy-Pet, which is the smallest microchip on the market and means a smaller needle is needed for implanting it and they’re specially designed to limit migration of the chips.

The procedure is quick and painless, involving a chip (the size of a grain of rice) being inserted under the skin using a specialist device. Its biocompatible glass covering prevents it from being rejected from the body, and your pet’s tissue will grow around it to stop it from moving under the skin.

Your pet will be scanned using a specialist scanner which will detect the chip that holds a unique number. It is under this number that your contact details will be stored on a national database.

Please remember to update your address and phone number details when you change them. Sadly, we regularly see a number of microchipped strays but are unable to locate owners as their registered details are not up-to-date.

PET INSURANCE

1 in 3 pets will need major veterinary attention each year, and the costs can be staggering depending on the level of treatment needed. In most cases there is usually a need for immediate medical and surgical treatment.

With the cost of veterinary treatment continually rising, due, in part, to the advent of new and improved drugs, we highly recommend you consider pet insurance.   

When it comes to picking the perfect policy for your pet, it’s important that you look carefully into the different options, one of the most important being whether It’s an annual policy or a life-time policy. 

Annual policies are cheaper but will only pay out on any condition for a period of one year and will then add an exclusion for that condition. Life-time policies will pay for the same condition throughout the whole of your pet’s life. They are therefore a little more expensive, but we feel that this is well worth the extra cost.

Please note that we do apply a small administrative fee for processing insurance claims which covers the costs of time taken for our team to submit your pet’s claim quickly and correctly. The administrative fee cannot be claimed back from your insurance company, and so will be an additional charge to your excess. 

PET TRAVEL

Back in 2012, the rules regarding pet travel changed meaning that pet dogs, cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine, provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country the pet is coming from.

In order to travel abroad with your pet, a microchip must first be implanted and a rabies vaccine administered.

Further procedures are dependent upon the countries you will be travelling through – for up-to-date guidelines and advice, please visit the DEFRA website.

A Veterinary Health Certificate must also be issued before travelling, which must be completed and stamped by an OV (Official Veterinarian). Several of our Veterinary Surgeons are Official Veterinarians, allowing the practice to issue travel documents for your pets.

For more information on microchipping, pet insurance and pet passports, or to book an appointment with a member of our veterinary team, please call 01325 380111 or email Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital at info@stanhope-vet.co.uk.