The news recently featured various reports that government ministers could move to support compulsory microchipping of all dogs to ensure more responsible dog ownership.
This has been brought to light after recent dog attacks. Sadly it has been reported that 900 pets go missing every day (Bayer plc) and many of these animals fail to be re-united with their owners resulting in last year alone 600 healthy dogs being euthanased in the UK as re-homing was not achieved. It is estimated that there are approximately 8.5 million dogs, in which less than half of these are microchipped.
Microchipping is now recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. No anaesthetic is required and the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination. We encourage owners to microchip both cats and dogs.
Microchipping at the practice is carried out by qualified personnel which would be either a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse. The microchip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades and contains a unique code which is linked to the national 24-hour Anibase database. Your veterinary practice will log all of your details with Anibase via a paper registration form or online. The secure database contains all of your details such as your name, address and phone number. If your pet is found away from home, all vets, animal charities and local authorities will have a scanner to read the microchip and retrieve your pet’s details. Your pet can then be returned to you safe and sound.
Microchipping can be performed in a nurse clinic during your puppy/kittens second vaccination or alternatively the microchip can be done at 6 months when coming in for routine neutering. From a veterinary practitioners point of view it is always satisfying to re-unite a dog/cat with its owner and we have done this on numerous occasions when a dog/cat had either escaped, been injuried or sadly has been stolen. In these scenarios, a collar can be removed but a microchip cannot.
SO MANY PETS GO MISSING EVERY YEAR, SO DONT LET YOURS BE ONE OF THEM!