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March vets say: 'Make sure microchip details are up to date'

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Here is the monthly Pet Subject column by Laura Dickens, of Amical Veterinary Centre in High Street, March...

June marks National Microchipping Month. I would like to take this opportunity to ask all my readers: are your pets’ microchip details all correct and up to date with current phone numbers, address, and email?

It is a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped by the breeder, and that they are transferred to their new keepers when they are sold to their forever homes.

Dog being microchipped. (50749980)
Dog being microchipped. (50749980)

This process should also be done when animals are rehomed from rescue, retirement, or by private adoption.

It is of utmost importance that your animals’ records are up to date; apart from avoiding a fine of £500, it enables your pet to safely be returned to you should they be lost, stolen or stray.

It will soon be law for cats to be legally microchipped also. Just over the last few weeks we have seen a significant rise in the number of cats involved in road traffic accidents, all sadly arriving deceased at the practice.

None of these cats had any identifying collars, name tags or microchips, which makes identification and repatriation impossible. I am sure that their families are missing them, but we have no way to contact them.

Any pet that has the chance to escape your property should be microchipped: Rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises and even birds.

Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses are trained in implanting microchips safely and the procedure normally costs around £20. It is a permanent form of identification that lasts the animal’s entire life.

Please call your local practice for more information on microchipping, and to check their stray logs, if needed.

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