June is National Microchipping Month, sponsored by Petlog and this June we are encouraging pet microchipping and ensuring pet owners check and keep their contact details are up-to-date.
Microchips are just slightly bigger than a grain of rice and take seconds to insert into your pet by your vet. Throughout June many vets and local welfare organisations will be offering incentives for you to get your pet microchipped.
When your pet is microchipped your contact details will be logged onto a reunification database, so if your pet goes missing and is picked up by a dog warden, animal shelter or vet, they can be scanned, identified and reunited.
The microchip lasts for the life of the pet and can not be removed like a collar tag, as long as the owners contact details are kept up to date on the database a pet can be reunited even if it is found hundreds of miles away.
You may have heard a lot about microchipping recently as compulsory microchipping has been a subject often touched on by MP’s. Currently in England no decisions have yet been made, but as from April 2012, Northern Ireland will begin implementing compulsory Microchipping and Wales has announced that it will be shortly releasing a consultation on compulsory microchipping.
At the heart of microchipping is reunification (the reuniting of pet and owner), Petlog the UK’s largest independent reunification microchip database strongly believes that through compulsory microchipping we can quickly reunite pets with their owners and reduce the number of stray dogs in Welfare centres.
Are your details up-to-date?
Make sure your contact details are up-to-date so you can be reunited with your pet should the worst happen. If you need to update your contact details, add holiday contacts, make Lost Pet posters, send out Lost Pet alerts and receive handy collar tags?
Then upgrade to Petlog Premium for the special price of £7.50 (online) during National Microchipping Month. Check your details now and click here.
Information Guide – Why should I microchip my pet?
What is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a simple safe and quick procedure. It can make all the difference in being reunited with your pet should they stray or go missing.
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which can be carried out by a vet or trained implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.
How does a microchip help to reunite a lost pet?
Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet’s details are stored in a database along with the microchip’s unique 15 digit code.
When a missing pet is found, an authorised user (for example a vet or dog warden) will scan the pet revealing the microchip’s unique 15 digit code, and contact the microchip database providing the aftercare service.
The database will perform some security checks before releasing your contact details to the authorised user – so that your pet can be reunited with you.
Who runs the database service and how do I know which one I am/will be registered with?
There are currently four microchip databases operating in the UK. When a pet is microchipped, registration paperwork is supplied and should provide the information you need to know about the database your pet is registered with.
It is your right as a pet owner to decide which database your pet’s record is stored on, so please check with your vet/implanter which microchips they use and which database aftercare service they are aligned to.
If you are unsure of which database your pet is registered with, a quick search list of microchip suppliers is available online click here.
You should always call the microchip database where your contact details are held to notify them that your pet has gone missing. The microchip database should send out alerts to local vets and dog wardens on your behalf.
Where can I have my pet microchipped?
Most vets, welfare centres and training clubs offer a microchipping service. Be sure to question what database your microchip will be registered with – as this may affect your aftercare service.
For more information on where to get your pet chipped click here or call 0844 4633 999.
What does it cost to have my pet microchipped?
Costs vary so check with your local vet, welfare centre and in the case of young puppies, your breeder should be able to advise you.
Costs average between £10 and £30.
Microchipping is a one-off process and lasts for life. There is a small minimum fee included in the price of the microchip, which secures a basic registration on the database – the rest of the fee covers the purchase of the Microchip and the Implanters time, expertise and resource.
What further costs can I expect to pay?
The only further costs that you should expect to pay are to amend your details, for which there is a small fee.
Importance of keeping contact details up-to-date:
It is your responsibility as a pet owner to keep contact details up-to-date on the microchip database. You need to know that by law, if the animal warden finds a lost pet and cannot contact the owner within seven days, the pet can be re-homed.