MICROCHIPPING pets gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to their owners if they become lost or are stolen.
June is National Microchipping Month – and any pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. All pet owners are advised to check with their vet for advice, as suitability will depend on the species, size and condition of an animal.
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners, but the RSPCA believes that microchipping can change that. While collars and tags can get caught or removed, microchipping identifies your pet
permanently and effectively. And in 2012 alone the RSPCA microchipped 58,922 animals.
The tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin and this gives the pet its own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.
Owners need to ensure that the database they are registered with has their up-to-date contact details.
Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from 2016 in a bid to cut the number of strays.
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.