Councils now require by law that any new animal or pet moving into a new council area is microchipped before being registered. Chipping can be done at the second or third puppy or kitten vaccination. It involves a small ‘chip’, about the size of a grain of rice being inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. This permeant identification, a unique number embedded in a silicon coated coil links your address and contact details to a nation pet registry. It is quick and easy to perform and is the most reliable method of reuniting you with your pet if it goes missing.