Every year thousands of pets go missing and unfortunately when they have no identification they are not reunited with their owners. Microchipping your pet can change this!
AS OF APRIL 2016, IT IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT FOR ALL DOGS TO BE MICROCHIPPED AND THEIR RECORDS KEPT UP TO DATE.
We at Crossroads Veterinary Centre feel that microchipping your pets is very important as we ourselves return home many stray cats, dogs and even rabbits brought into the surgery throughout the year. Without their microchip we would not have been able to make that wonderful call to reunite them with their owners!
A microchip is a small sterile implant, approximately the size of a grain of rice, which holds a unique 15 digit number that can be read by an electronic scanner. Once implanted, the number is registered to a national pet database with the owner's name, address, telephone numbers and pet's description.
When a stray pet is found the veterinary practice or animal welfare organisation will contact the pet database to find the owner's details and the pet is reunited with their owner.
In small animals (dogs, cats, rabbits) the microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades at the base of the neck. This doesn't hurt and only takes us a few minutes to do. It is much like giving an injection and does not require a general anaesthetic.
Microchipping is inexpensive and the best way to ensure your pet is returned to you should they go missing. Collars and tags are easily removed, whereas a microchip is a permanent form of identification.
If your pet is found 'straying', veterinary practices and local authorities can easily scan their chip, and a quick phone call to the database will ensure they are returned to you rather than potentially be rehomed.
Without a microchip your pet will be held with the warden or animal charity for which you will be liable for the costs during the period of boarding until they are returned home. If your pet is held for an extended period of time it may be rehomed.
Under the new law, as of April 2016 all dogs MUST be microchipped and registered by the time they are 8 weeks old. There is no maximum age, and dog owners could be fined £500 if they do not keep their records up to date.
Whilst currently it is not a legal requirement for all cats to be microchipped, it is strongly recommended that they are because they can cover vast distances when they roam. We also recommend that indoor cats are microchipped as they may escape and become lost and without identification they are unlikely to be reunited with their owner.
For further information about microchipping speak to our Nurses or Vets, or visit Petlog.