Microchipping is the easiest way of making sure your pet can be reunited with you should they go missing. It involves injecting a small chip about the size of a grain of rice under your pet’s skin. This chip has a unique number on it which links to your details in the database.
Did you know
Dogs are legally required to be microchipped by 8 weeks old in the UK and the fine for not complying can be up to £2000.
The British Small Animal Associated estimates that since 1996, when microchips were introduced, over 4 million animals have returned home.
Unfortunately pet theft, especially of dogs, has been on the increase and microchipping helps to prevent the sale of stolen pets.
If you find a ‘stray’ cat it is always worth bringing them in to be scanned for a microchip before getting too attached as they often adopt more than one house in search of extra food.