Microchipping Cats and Dogs
Microchipping is a great way to keep your pet safe and has been found to increase the likelihood of them returning home if they go missing. For stolen pets that are abandoned, microchips play a crucial role in identifying the pet and owner, which is why lost pets are often taken to the vets to be scanned.
In this guide, we’ll explain exactly what a microchip is and highlight just how crucial it is for you to microchip your pet.
What is microchipping?
To put it simply, microchipping is a miniature device that’s implanted under your pet’s skin. The procedure is common and designed to help reunite you with your lost pet should they go missing. Most pets can be microchipped, including dogs, cats, small mammals, and even birds.
It’s within the microchip where your personal details are stored, like home address or telephone number. If your pet is found by a stranger, they should take them to a vet or shelter. The nurse will then scan your pet’s unique chip, enter it into a database, then obtain all the necessary information to contact you.
Is microchipping my pet compulsory?
It’s a legal requirement for both cats and dogs to be microchipped, and owners who fail to comply can be fined up to £500. It’s also worth noting that all dogs and puppies must be microchipped by the age of eight weeks under a new microchipping law that passed in 2016.
What are the benefits?
Microchips last forever
Unlike collars or pet ID tags, a microchip is permanent and cannot be removed under any circumstance. That means you don’t have to worry about losing the chip, giving you peace of mind when your dog is out of sight during a long walk.
However, it may be a good idea to get your pet’s microchip checked by a vet once a year, just to make sure everything is in working order.
Greater chance of reuniting lost pets
Microchipping has been found to significantly increase the chances of owners being reunited with a missing pet. Research conducted by MORE THAN found that one in eight dog owners were reunited with their dog thanks to the police being able to identify it via its microchip.
If the unthinkable happens and your pet does go missing, a microchip offers definitive proof that you are indeed the owner. That way, you can avoid the scenario of your pet getting into the wrong hands.
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