June is National Microchipping Month; a campaign to encourage responsible ownership through microchipping as a method of permanent pet identification. Almost any species of animal can be microchipped including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, tortoises and even birds.
Every year in the UK thousands of pets go missing and, according to a report from Dogs Trust, 110,000 stray dogs were handled by local authorities last year (sadly we do not have national figures for cats and other pets). Between January and May this year, Castle Vets have received reports of 64 missing cats, 28 missing dogs and 1 missing guinea pig. Only 36 of these pets were microchipped and of these. 2 owners did not know/have the microchip number and 1 had never sent off the paperwork to register the microchip. Over the past 2 weeks alone, we have had 7 stray cats and 2 stray dogs brought in to us and none of these were microchipped, so it will be very difficult to reunite them with their owners.
Microchipping Dogs Law Comes Into Effect In April 2016
Castle Vets implant microchips that are registered on an authorised database (PetLog) so you can rest assured that you will meet the requirements of the new legislation which will make Microchipping of dogs compulsory in England from 6th April 2016.
This legislation will require dog owners to:
- Have their dog microchipped and registered
- Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip databases.
- Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away
Microchipping has many benefits, the most important of which is reuniting stray pets with their owners; but it also encourages responsible ownership, helps tackle puppy farming and facilitates reporting of hereditary health problems in pedigrees. For more details about the benefits and the procedure itself visit our website and have a look at our news section.
Members of the Castle Vets Pet Health Club are entitled to FREE Microchipping for their pet. An application form and details for our Pet Health Club can be found on our website http://www.castle-vets.co.uk. For non-members we offer microchips for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs at the low price of £9.50
Keep Your Details Up To Date
If your pet is already Microchipped please make sure that you keep your contact details up to date, otherwise it may be impossible to reunite you with a missing pet. To check your pet’s details are up to date or to change any details, visit http://www.petlog.org.uk