Your pet's microchip number will show up whenever your pet is scanned. The microchip number and your pet's details, including their name, address and all their owner's details, will be registered on a national database, so your pet can be returned to you if lost or stolen.
The procedure is simple, safe and shouldn't cause your pet any pain - qualified vets are experienced in microchipping, so will be able to answer any questions you have. The chip, which is no bigger than a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin of a cat or dog, usually between the shoulder blades.
Microchipping dogs is the law - you can be fined up to £500 if you don't get your dog chipped.
No, but vets recommend it. Compulsory microchipping is only applicable to dogs, but organisations including Cats Protection are lobbying the government to make our feline friends safer, too.
You'll need to update your details with the specific database your pet's registered to. For a full list of government approved databases, click here.