The Microchipping Movement
In the UK there are 9 million dogs and 8 million cats, in 2016 alone there were 81,050 stray dogs of which 43,767 of these dogs were reunited with owners and 9000 of these reunifications were due to the dogs having a microchip. Take a minute to just think how many more of these dogs could have been reunited with their families if they had had a microchip or even had up to date information associated with that microchip.
As of April 2016 it became law to have all dogs microchipped before they are 8 weeks old and to ensure all older dogs have a microchip implanted. You can be fined £500 if your dog is not microchipped and your dog must wear a collar and tag when in a public place.
As an owner you are responsible for keeping your pets details up to date, the microchip company may charge a small fee for this. To change your dogs’ microchip details is very simple which can be done online, by phone to post and it takes just 5 minutes.
Reasons to microchip your dog:
- Allow us to reunite you with your dog if they stray
- If you move house your dog may become disorientated and not know their new surroundings
- More owners are now travelling abroad with their dog which brings new environments and dangers with the risk they could become spooked.
- With the approaching firework season dogs can become frightened and bolt through open doors or gates.
What does microchipping involve?
This is a very quick procedure which has to be done by a trained professional i.e. a vet. Although a larger needle than that used to vaccinate your pets is used as long as the pet is held very still this procedure is quick.
Once my dog is microchipped what then?
Paperwork will be sent to the microchip company who will register the chip and then it is the owners responsibility to ensure this occurs. It is always advisable on trips to the vet for annual vaccinations to have them scan your dog for the microchip.
What other pets can be microchipped?
It is not only dogs that can be microchipped for identification in case they are handed in as strays, we also regularly microchip:
Having your pet microchipped is peace of mind that we can reunite them to you if the worst was to happen. We also advise microchipping as if your pet is involved in an accident and requires urgent veterinary attention we can contact you to discuss any important decisions regarding your pets treatment. If you have any questions about microchipping please contact your Swayne & partners branch.
Article by Aimee Barker MA VetMB MRCVS