Make sure your dog is microchipped by 2016, or risk a £500 fine
It is estimated that roughly 5ooo pet owners have their furry friend microchipped every week. Make sure you join them and have your dog microchipped by 2016, when an unchipped canine could fetch you a £500 fine.
At The Mewes Veterinary Clinic we strongly recommend that you have your pet microchipped. Microchipping is an invaluable tool in cases where pets go missing as it gives animal services access to your contact information so that you can be reunited with your friend.
Microchipping is a quick, painless procedure where a chip (the size of a grain of rice) is inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Once in place, the special biocompatible glass covering will prevent the chip from being ejected from your pet’s body. Your animal’s skin tissue will also close around it, keeping it in place.
When a microchip is scanned using a specialist scanner a unique code will be revealed. It is under this code that your contact details will be stored on a national computerised database called Pet Log. Pet Log can be accessed 24/7 and in the many cases, pet owners are informed of their animal’s whereabouts before they even realise they’ve gone missing.
There are a number of animal services that hold specialist microchip scanners. They include:
- Veterinary practices
- Dog wardens
- The National Canine Defence League
- Animal Welfare Organisations such as The RSPCA
Every member of staff at The Mewes Veterinary Clinic has had their pet microchipped; we suggest you do the same. Once your pet has been chipped you can rest assured that should they ever go missing, your contact details are with them.
To have your pet cared for by our highly recommended team at The Mewes Veterinary Clinic, give us a call on 01444 456886 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your pet requires emergency care out of practice hours, call our referral service PETS Brighton on 01273 566 993.
Click here to go to the PetLog website for more information.