For many, that question is a bit of a ‘no brainer’ – you have them micro-chipped so they can be returned to you if they get lost. As long as you keep your contact information up-to-date with the company that hold the micro-chip information.
For cat owners, the more people who are aware of microchipping the better. There’s nothing worse than waiting for a cat to come home and not knowing what has happened to it – if a cat is found dead or injured, any vet or the RSPCA can scan for a chip and pass on the sad news.
Microchipping will soon be compulsory for all dog owners from 1st March 2015 in Wales and from 2016 in England. Owners will face fines of up to £500 if they do not get puppies microchipped, ministers have warned.
Microchipping dogs also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:
- All puppies are traceable to their breeder, helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer
- Deterrent to dog theft
- Allows for rapid return and local authorities can emphasise to owners that straying is not acceptable and hopefully lessen the likelihood of repeated straying by reinforcing the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Easier identification and subsequent arrests in cases of animal cruelty
- Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures
- Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly.
For more information, please call Clockhouse on 01453 752555 or come and chat to us at Miserden School Country Fair on Sunday 20th June.