What is micro-chipping?
A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades of a dog using a sterile needle. The procedure does not require an anaesthetic and is no more painful than a standard vaccination. The chip is coated in a bio-compatible glass, the same material used in human pacemakers, which is not rejected by the dog’s body. The device fuses to the dog’s bodily tissue, meaning it will not move around
Dogs in England must be micro-chipped from 2016
Get your dog microchipped and have the assurance that should he become lost (or be stolen), he is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound.
Microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:
- All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby 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, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable 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.
Micro-chipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date, which will be a legal requirement under the new laws for dogs. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date details.