A guide to microchipping your pet
Nobody wants to imagine their beloved pet getting lost or going missing, but unfortunately, it does happen. However, there’s an easy way to ensure sad stories have a happy ending – microchips for pets
How to update your pets Microchip details
If you’ve moved house, changed your phone number or become the legal owner of a pet since they were microchipped then it’s essential that you take a few minutes to update your pet’s microchip details. To do this you’ll need your pet’s microchip number, this will be on the documents you received when they were microchipped – don’t worry if you can’t find this, just bring them along to the practice and we’ll scan their microchip for free.
Once you have the microchip number visit www.pettrac.co.uk (they maintain the national microchip database), you’ll need to pay them a £16.95 administration fee to update your contact details. Keeping your pets details up to date gives you the best chance of being reunited with them quickly should they ever get lost or stolen.
Microchipping For Dogs
It is a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be identifiable with a small microchip, which is inserted under the skin by a simple injection.
This chip holds a number unique to your dog, which can then be read by a universal scanner anywhere in the country. If you and your pet are separated you can follow our advice for lost pets but your chances of being reunited with them are much greater when they are microchipped. Dog rescue centres, dog wardens and vets scan every stray or unidentified dog brought into their possession. Your details are kept on a central computer, resulting in a quick and happy reunion should your dog become lost or involved in an accident.
Dog rescue societies have a legal obligation to keep a stray dog for 7 days after which it can be re-homed or even destroyed. Often it is an impossible task to trace the owner of a dog with no identification. If you are lucky enough to be reunited with your pet after days of searching rescue kennels, you may find your dog has incurred quite substantial kennelling fees which must be paid before the dog is released. This heartache and financial loss could be avoided by simply having your dog microchipped.
Microchips for dogs are quick and easy, providing a lifetime of peace of mind. You can protect your pet with a free microchip when they join our Complete Wellness Plan.
Microchipping for Cats
You may think that you will never lose your cat…you may think that it will always return to you safely… please think again.
By nature, cats are born wanderers and the Cats Protection charity alone rehomes 75,000 cats each year. Many of these are strays with no identification; either the cat has lost its collar or did not have one in the first place.
Often it is an impossible task to trace the owner. Tens of thousands of owners each year wait in vain for the return of their lost cat. Make sure your cat is permanently identified, by asking the vet about microchip implants.
The chip is placed by a simple injection. Each chip has a unique number which, when your cat is scanned, will be revealed. A quick telephone call to the centralised computer, available 24 hours a day, will result in you being contacted and told of the whereabouts of your cat. Your pet will be returned to your safe care very quickly.
All vets and cat rescue societies, for example, the Cats Protection and the RSPCA, have microchip scanners and all road traffic accident victims and strays are routinely checked for chips. Help us to keep you and your cat together, ask about microchipping today.
Get your pet microchipped today!
Contact your local practice to microchip your pet and make sure that if the worst happens and your pet does go missing, you’ll be more likely to be reunited in no time.
The onetime cost of microchipping your pet is far outweighed by the peace of mind and heartache it can prevent in the future.