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What is Microchipping and why do it ?

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What is microchipping ?

Microchipping is where a microchip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted into the dogs neck just in front of the shoulder blades, this is usually done by a vet or other trained implanter. Other pets can be microchipped too including cats, horses and rabbits. The microchip has a unique code that matches the animal with its owner. The microchip can be read with a scanner so if you and your dog become separated the vet, dog warden or other authority that scans the chip can easily get your details and you can be contacted.

It is vital that your details are kept up to date if you move or change your phone number so you can be reunited with your pet as they could be rehomed or in extreme cases be put to sleep if you cannot be contacted.

From April 6th 2016 in England microchipping will become compulsory and you will face a fine of up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped. Microchipping ususally costs between £20-£30 however there are many free microchipping events that happen regularly around the country. June is also microchipping month in 2014 so check out events in your area today and get your pooch protected.

 

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