Microchipping - The upcoming legal changes
5th February 2015
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Every year thousands of pets go missing and many are never reunited with their owners. This sad fact is all due to one simple reason they cannot be identified. Although it is a legal requirement that dogs should wear a collar with an identity tag, collars and tags can become snagged and lost especially if your cat is a climber or fighter! The good news is that a permanent method of identifying your pet is available..... Microchipping!

A microchip is a tiny device no bigger than a large grain of rice and it takes just seconds to implant. It is placed under the skin at the back of the neck and once there it lasts a lifetime. Each microchip contains a unique code and this code together with your pets details and address are stored on a central database. Welfare organisations, the police, dog wardens and veterinary practices all have scanners and will routinely scan any stray animal to check if it is chipped. If your pet is microchipped this gives you the best chance of being quickly reunited.

Microchipping of dogs (not cats) is already compulsory by law in Northern Ireland and will become mandatory in England on 6th April 2016 under government plans intended to cut a rise in strays.

Kydd and Kydd Vets have been recommending microchipping for many years. They strongly advise that you get your pet microchipped and have the assurance that should your pet become lost (or be stolen), he or she is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound. Microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:

  • Deterrent to pet theft
  • Allows for rapid return if lost
  • Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty
  • Enables veterinary surgeons to contact pet owners for emergency procedures
  • Allows identification of pets in properties in emergency situations so that pets and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

If you would like to find out more about getting your pet microchipped, contact Kydd and Kydd Vets on 020 8946 9925 for friendly advice or to book an appointment.

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