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The Importance of Microchipping

Jun 17, 2015

As animal owners everywhere know all too well, their four-legged friends love the chance to roam, and when your pet fails to return to home it can be a devastating experience. This is why it is so important to ensure your pets are microchipped.

Microchipping can be carried out easily by your vet or your local RSPCA rehoming centre. It involves a tiny chip being inserted under their skin using a small needle between the shoulder blades, and the unique number is placed on a database. You then fill in some details (the animal's name, your name, your address and contact details), which are then attached to the chip number on the computer so when the chip is scanned the details can be tracked down quickly and easily by registered centres.

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It is going to be a legal requirement from 2016 for all dogs to be microchipped, so they can be returned to their owners if they are found as a stray. They will still need to wear a collar with ID tag, and it is also recommended for cats to be microchipped even if they already have a collar as they are much more reliable.

It is important to keep the details on your pet's microchip up to date so they can be returned to you as soon as possible. This reduces the chance of them ending up at a rescue centre or taken in by well-meaning neighbours. It is also worth adding the fact that your pet may have special requirements (such as medication or a special diet) so that they are not accidentally made sick whilst they are waiting to be collected.

June is National Microchipping Month, so we are currently offering microchipping for just £5.00, which is definitely a small price to pay for peace of mind! To book your appointment, call 01332 344620.

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