Hundreds of pets going missing every day and sadly many pets are never reunited with their owners because they cannot be reliably identified. While collars and tags can get caught up or removed, the good news is that you can permanently identify your pet with a microchip.
Microchipping takes just a few seconds, with a tiny implant only slightly bigger than a grain of rice. Like a normal injection, it is inserted under the skin at the back of the neck. The chip contains a unique code that identifies the pet and the owner. This special code, plus all your contact details are held on a central database.
Veterinary practices, the police and animal charities routinely scan strays. Should your pet go missing and be handed in as a stray, if they are microchipped, this will give you the best chance of them being reliably identified and returned to you as soon as possible. It’s also important to remember that if you move house or change your phone number, you must inform the office for the central database so that they have up-to-date information.
Also, with the recent announcement from the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, that ‘all dogs in England must be microchipped by law from 6 April 2016’ this is more important than ever!
If you would like more information about microchipping, you should contact your vet.
Chris Devlin BVSc MRCVS is a Vet and Partner at Hillside Veterinary Centre in Corfe Mullen. w: www.hillsidevets.co.uk.