To reduce the pressure of the financial strain on charities, the number of lost or abandoned dogs and the growing number of dog attacks and in 2016 the government decided upon micro chipping all dogs. Micro chipping is also believed to deter dog theft, make puppies traceable to the breeder, easier to identify the culprit of an animal cruelty case, or to identify and return a stolen pet. But most importantly to makes it easier for a vet to contact a concerned owner, if the much loved missing pet is found.
Pet Lost and Alone- Identifying Home
In 2015 the PDSA reported an 11% increase in strays and 10000 dogs could be lost or dumped in a year. A missing pet can lose its collar and tags identifying the owner. If an animal is microchipped a pet can still be identified and the owner contacted. Since 6th April 2016 with the extension of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 it has been compulsory for all dogs from 8 weeks old to be microchipped. Failure to do so can result in a £500 fine. Anon (2017) www.rspca.org.uk, www.pdsa.org.uk,www.gov.uk, dogstrust.org.uk
Different pets can be microchipped by the vet for example a cat, dog or horse. Your veterinarian or some animal charities (e.g.; RSPCA Battersea, PDSA, Blue Cross and Dog’s Trust) will insert the microchip. Some charities offer microchipping for free by a qualified person. A microchip is a rice grain sized radio frequency identification device RFID. Using radio waves the scanner reads a unique number. This number relates to the manufactures data base with owner information, for a rapid identification and reuniting the pet with the owner. Anon (2017) www.rspca.org.uk, www.pdsa.org.uk, www.gov.uk, dogstrust.org.uk
Don’t forget to update your details if they change, or if the pet is re-homed or adopted. Your vet could scan and check your pet to see if the microchip is working when you visit.