Virbac UK


BackHome Mini Chips

BackHome microchips

  • Cat
  • Dog

BackHome mini chips are suitable for use in many species. Whether microchipping a dog, a horse or even a snake the BackHome mini chip is a versatile and reliable option that causes minimal discomfort to the animal.


Our mini glass chips conform to ISO standard 11784 and 11785 FDX-B and are manufactured using the latest technology. Along with a lifelong registration on to the PETtrac database, a UK based, fully compliant reunification service BackHome is also VetEnvoy enabled.



Product features :

  • Mini Chip that works with all species
  • Free online transfer of keepership for breeders with PETtrac
  • Bio-compatible pharmaceutical grade bioglass
  • Parylene coated
  • 34% smaller needle than standard chip
  • Exclusively designed, ergonomic implanter
  • Detachable needle


Product benefits :

  • Minimal discomfort for the animal due the mini chip and a smaller needle
  • Keep clients happy by offering a reunification database which enables free transfer keepership for breeders and also provide excellent customer service.  
  • Easy to implant using our unique, ergonomic implanter
  • Save sharps wastage with the detachable needle
  • Can the chip be removed?

    It’s very unusual to have a chip removed, and hardly ever necessary – but it can be done with the appropriate anaesthetic and surgery.

  • Does the microchip activate the cat flap?

    Whilst the microchip may work with some microchip operated cat flaps, the purpose of the microchip is for identification and reunification of the pet with its owner.

  • How do I obtain a horse passport?

    Every horse must have its own individual passport. To obtain one you must complete an application to one of the Passport Issuing Organisations (PIO’s) that have been authorised by Defra or the devolved administrations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). Helpful information can be found at: or from the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.

  • How does the chip work?

    The microchip is only activated when a scanner is passed over it, otherwise the chip is completely inert. When a scanner passes, the chip emits electromagnetic waves, causing it to transmit a unique radio signal back to the scanner.  It’s very quick, and completely harmless to your pet. If your pet is lost, the person scanning the chip can read your pet’s unique identity code and use this to trace their owner (you) – by referring to the database.

  • How long will the chip last?

    The chip will last the lifetime of your pet. So once it’s done, that’s it for life!

  • I own a horse, how will the passport regulations affect me?

    The Horse Passport Regulations 2004 states that all horse owners are to obtain a passport for each horse they own.  Horses without a passport cannot be bought, sold, exported, used for breeding or competition, or be slaughtered for human consumption.

  • Is there an annual fee?

    There’s a one-off payment which you make to your vet when the chip is implanted – this includes the cost of your details being stored on the PETtrac database for life. However, a small charge will be made if you need to update your details.

    Call PETtrac on 01273 408721 for more information

  • Who can scan the chip?

    Identity microchips are now widely used by vets to establish animal identity, and are a legal requirement when a dog, cat or ferret is travelling abroad, so most animal-related agencies will have a scanner.

  • Will it hurt my pet?

    There may be a little quick discomfort, but most pets show no reaction when the microchip is fitted. Your vet will be experienced implanting microchips as painlessly as possible.

  • Will my pet need sedating?

    Generally a cat or dog will not need sedating as the process is very quick and relatively painless. Sedation may be necessary in some unusual species or anxious animals or pets, therefore please check with your vet.

  • Will the chip fall out?

    The chip should not fall out when implanted. However, it’s absolutely essential that you DO NOT rub or prod the area where the chip has been inserted for AT LEAST 24 hours, or you could risk it becoming dislodged or expelled.

  • Will the chip move around?

    The microchip is enclosed in a special bio-compatible casing to help prevent it from moving around.  On very rare occasions, it can be dislodged and move under the skin a little.  This should not discourage you from having a chip implanted; if the chip cannot be located at the place of implantation, the whole animal will then be checked.

  • Will the microchip track the location of my pet?

    No, the microchip will not track the location or whereabouts of your pet. The microchip has been designed for the purposes of identification in the event of the pet going missing so that the reunification process can take place.