Pets benefit from having a chip on their shoulder!
Over 900 pets go missing in the UK every day and sadly many of these much loved animals are not reunited with their owners.
January 2012 - We have seen a number of news articles recently reporting missing pets being found and reunited with their owners, some after many years of being lost. This is great news and puts a really positive spin on the New Year.
This is a plea to all you responsible pet owners out there who have microchipped their pets.
Please remember a missing pet can only be reunited with their owner if the contact details on the database are current.
Are you details up to date? Please contact Petlog today to ensire they have the right details for you.
Happy New Year!
Pet healthcare experts at the Companion Care Vets have provided some information on microchipping and other forms of pet identification to give your pet the best possible chance of being found should the worst happen.
Microchipping your cat or dog is the best way to ensure you have every chance of being reunited should they go missing.
The size of a grain of rice, the microchip is inserted under the animals skin between the shoulder blades and can be easily detected with a special scanning device. These devices are kept at vets and rescue shelters and will detect the chip and it’s unique identification code.
The national microchip database can then be checked and a quick telephone call can reunite owner and pet.
It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the database up-to-date, for example a house move or change of mobile number should be logged on the national register, this can easily be done via the Internet and it is imperative to ensure you are always traceable should your pet be found.
Pets should also wear collars and ID tags to help their easy identification. In fact the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that ‘any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.’ Owners can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear a tag.
If you are off on holiday and taking your dog with you ensuring he or she is microchipped is important – the chances of a pet getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings are higher. If you pet is already microchipped, double check that your details are up-to-date on the UK’s online databases – ensuring your mobile telephone number is included and if you know you will not have network coverage where you are staying, include a telephone number of the hotel or campsite where you are staying.
Companion Care has seen many pets reunited with their owners thanks to their microchip. Doris, a three and a half year old cat, was missing for an incredible two and a half years but thanks to her owner’s vigilance in getting her microchipped as a kitten, she is now back in the loving arms of her owners.
Microchip your pet and increase your chances of a happy ending.
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