Rabbit microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff. You may not think that a rabbit needs a microchip, but they can escape their hutch or dig their way out of your garden more often than you may think!
Therefore, microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by all the team at Crofts Veterinary Practice.
Microchipping for Rabbits
Every microchip has a unique number, that is read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including Crofts Veterinary Practice, local authorities and rescue homes have access to. Implanting a microchip ensures that your contact details can be easily obtained when needed from the central microchipping database. Once your rabbit has been scanned and identified by its microchip, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet, no matter how far they may have gone.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as this procedure causes minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. And don't worry if you can't recall (or know) if your pet is microchipped - It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Crofts Vets to scan your pet and check for a working chip. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
When it's time to implant the chip, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Crofts Vets team member. These contact details are kept on the database for your rabbit’s entire lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible, as these details will be needed to reunite you with your rabbit in the case where they have gone missing.
At Crofts Veterinary Practice, our microchips all comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can be recognised by international scanners when used in the Pet Passport scheme. Please note, if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport.