Let’s face it, it’s impossible to keep track of your pets
every minute of the day and night. As a
caring owner you’ll know what a worry the prospect of them disappearing can
be. No matter how careful you are, there
is always the chance that your pet will go astray, and when you’re away with
your pet in unfamiliar surroundings, it’s all too easy to become separated.
You know how worrying such occasions are, but what can you
do about it?
The trouble is you can’t always rely on collars to bring
your pet back. They can break or become
detached and owner and address details can become illegible. As a result it may be impossible to trace
ownership back to you when your pet is found and taken to the police, dog
warden or other authorities.
Sadly pets which haven’t been reunited with their owners are
often put to sleep because animal rescue organisations whose accommodation is
already at bursting point. So what’s the answer?
It’s time to inject a little technology.
Microchipping your pet is simple, neat and effective. A tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice
is injected under your pet’s skin. The
microchip carries a code unique to you and your pet. This code is entered onto a national computer
database and appears on a certificate of identification issued to you.
When a special scanner is passed over your pet, the
microchip responds by transmitting its unique code to the scanner. It’s as easy as using a supermarket barcode
reader. The operator can read the code
on the scanner’s display and then refer to the national database to identify
your name, address and phone number so that you and your pet can be
reunited. These microchip scanners are
in routine use by veterinarians and municipal dog wardens all over the UK. It’s the same with pet rescue and animal
welfare organisations like the RSPCA and SSPCA and the Cats Protection
League. Therefore whenever your pet is
found, it is likely somebody will read his/her microchip. Once this is done, the national database can
be accessed rapidly by phone any time of the day or night. So as soon as your pet’s identity is
discovered, the process of getting your pet back home can begin.
A small price to pay for greater peace of mind.
Each pet requires a single microchip. The process is completely safe and causes no
more discomfort than other injections.
Pets of all sizes from small birds, exotics and fish to large dogs and
horses can be chipped. In the case of
dogs and cats, the preferred location is the scruff of the neck. Microchipping is inexpensive and the one-off
payment includes lifetime registration on the national database as well as all
documentation. It is a security measure
which literally lasts for life.
Microchipping represents excellent value for money and peace of mind.
How to get your pet microchipped.
When you next visit your veterinary practice, whatever the
reason, simply ask about microchipping.
It’s likely it can be done at the same visit. The second vaccination of young dogs or at
the same time as neutering your cat is the ideal time to have them
‘chipped.’ That way, they are literally
covered for life.