Identity Tags and Microchipping
Dogs and cats should wear identity tags with your details on so that you can easily be contacted if your pet gets lost or is in an accident. It is a legal requirement for your dog to wear a tag with your address on it. The obvious problem with tags is that they can easily be lost. It is not wise to put your dogs name on a tag as they may come when called to a stranger.
On 6th April 2016, it became compulsory for every dog owner in England to have to have his or her dog microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. It is also a legal requirement that contact information help on the microchip database is kept up to date.
According to the government, owners who do not comply with the new law risk face fines of up to £500.
- Microchips are a permanent way of identifying your pet.
- A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the skin on the back of the neck.
- A chip can be implanted during a routine appointment, or while your pet is under anaesthetic for another reason.
- Each chip carries a unique number that can be read using a special scanner, so if your pet is lost or stolen they can be traced back to you.
- Vets, dog wardens and animal rescue organisations scan all stray animals. If a chip is found, they can then contact a central database to obtain the owner’s details. You just need to ensure that you update the details they hold, should you change telephone number or move house. Being able to contact you quickly in an emergency can sometimes be life saving for your pet.
- It is hoped that compulsory microchipping will act as a deterrent to dog theft and will mean that more lost dogs will be reunited with their owners rather than ending up in rehoming shelters.
- Microchips are essential if you wish to get your dog a Pet Passport.
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