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Your Microchipping Questions Answered

10 April 2015

UK - With only one year to go until all dogs must be microchipped by law, The Blue Cross is answering any questions you may have about how microchipping can help keep your pet safe.

Thousands of animals go missing every year and sadly many of them never find their way home.

At Blue Cross, they take in hundreds of stray cats and dogs every year and can often tell from the healthy condition they’re in or the confident and affectionate way they behave that many were much-loved family pets in the past.

But if they’re not microchipped it’s incredibly difficult to track down their owners and so Blue Cross has no choice but to find them new homes, even though they know that somewhere out there, they are being sadly missed.

These pets are actually the lucky ones because they’ve ended up at an animal charity like Blue Cross. Many others don’t ever make it to a rescue centre – instead they are euthanised or killed in an accident as they roam the streets.

What’s a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny device, slightly bigger than a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin on the back of a pet’s neck, just in front of the shoulder blades.

Each microchip has a unique number which can be read with a scanner. This number matches a record on a database which contains the owner’s contact details so that they can be contacted straightaway and reunited with their pet.

How’s it done and does it hurt?

A special device is used to inject the microchip under the skin. It’s a quick procedure that shouldn’t hurt any more than a regular vaccination.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

Blue Cross, and many other charities, are currently offering microchipping for free. Contact your nearest centre to find out more. Alternatively your local vet should be able to microchip your pet and it usually costs around £20-£30.

Why is microchipping so important?

Animal charities and local authorities use scanners to check stray pets for microchips. If they don’t have one it’s almost impossible to reunite them with their family. By microchipping your pet, you’ve got a much higher chance of seeing them again if they go missing.

By 6 April 2016, all dogs in England and Wales will have to be microchipped by law.

Are your details up to date?

If your pet is microchipped, make sure your contact details are up to date so you can be reunited with your pet should the worst happen.

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