Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets, found that more than 60,000 dogs and over 100,000 cats were reported as missing over a ten year period. Lost pets can travel a surprising distance, by foot or even by other more unusual means – such as the French microchipped cat that turned up in Northamptonshire! There are a number of ways in which a much-loved pet can find themselves lost, but you could be reunited with your pet thanks to a solution the size of a grain of rice – a microchip. Petlog found that 75% of dogs and 45% of cats were reunited with their owners thanks to their microchip!
Microchipping means that if your pet goes missing, it can be as simple as giving them a quick scan to identify them. Un-microchipped pets face an uncertain future if they are lost as it is very difficult to reunite them with their owners. They can end up being rehomed or even put to sleep whilst their worried owner is reduced to plastering the neighbourhood with ‘missing’ posters.
It is now a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks old, and for their details to be registered on one of the authorities’ databases, such as Petlog.
Watch our video to see how our vets insert a microchip and why they are so important.
If you would like to get your pet microchipped then please contact your local Medivet to book an appointment; don’t forget to ask how you can get your microchip for free!
How is the new law being enforced?
The new microchipping law is being enforced through local authorities, police officers, and community support officers. All dogs must be microchipped by the time they reach 8 weeks old.
If a keeper of an un-microchipped dog is spotted and is served with a notice requiring them to have their dog microchipped, they will have 21 days to do so before they face a large fine.
Why is there a need for a microchipping law for dogs?
The new microchipping law for dogs in England has been implemented to reduce the burden on animal charities and local authorities, and to protect the welfare of dogs. The new law aims to reunite more lost or stolen pets with their owners, reduce the number of stray animals, and help to track down owners of vicious or illegal dogs.
Where can I get my dog microchipped?
Your dog can be microchipped at any of our Medivet practices. To book your pet in for an appointment please contact your local Medivet practice here.
If you any queries about microchipping that we have not covered, please contact your local veterinarian by using our online practice finder tool – our friendly team will be more than happy to assist with any questions that you may have.