June is National Microchipping Month
Microchips are just slightly bigger than a grain of rice and take seconds to insert into your pet by your vet. Throughout June many vets and local welfare organisations will be offering incentives for you to get your pet microchipped.
When your pet is microchipped your contact details will be logged onto a reunification database, so if your pet goes missing and is picked up by a dog warden, animal shelter or vet, they can be scanned, identified and reunited. The microchip lasts for the life of the pet and can not be removed like a collar tag, as long as the owners contact details are kept up to date on the database a pet can be reunited even if it is found hundreds of miles away.
You may have heard a lot about microchipping recently as compulsory microchipping has been a subject often touched on by MP’s. Currently in England no decisions have yet been made, but as from April 2012, Northern Ireland will begin implementing compulsory Microchipping and Wales has announced that it will be shortly releasing a consultation on compulsory microchipping.
At the heart of microchipping is reunification (the reuniting of pet and owner), Petlog the UK’s largest independent reunification microchip database strongly believes that through compulsory microchipping we can quickly reunite pets with their owners and reduce the number of stray dogs in Welfare centres.
To find out more about why microchipping is important watch this great video…
Look out for more information throughout June.