The importance of microchipping
We often have stray and lost dogs or cats brought into us to the surgery in the hopes we can reunite them with their family. It can happen to the most vigilant owner – cats and dogs (or rabbits and ferrets!) can make a break for it and decide to go on an adventure all their own!
The one thing that makes it dramatically easier for us to find a distraught owner is an up to date microchip.
Microchipping – how does it work?
Microchipping is a safe, simple and quick procedure which can make a real difference in reuniting a lost pet with their owners.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and each chip has a unique 15 digit code which is registered onto a national online database. Vets, rescue centres and other animal professionals can then scan a lost pet and find the owner’s details easily and speedily.
Be aware that without a microchip, or a collar there are few ways that animal professionals can find an owner and limited time before a dog warden or rescue centre are forced to re-home a stray pet.
Microchipping dogs – it’s a must
It is a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped from the age of 8 weeks, the registered keeper must keep their details up to date.
Dogs must also legally wear an ID collar in public places, you can be fined heftily if you don’t abide by these laws.
We recommend microchipping for cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, tortoises… if you aren’t sure if your pet is already chipped or what the details are, pop into the surgery and a member of our team can help.
Call us on 01435 864422 to book a microchip appointment today!