Losing a dog can be traumatic which is why microchipping is so vital. Today it is also essential, as it is a legal requirement to have your pet electronically tagged.
A microchip is a tiny electronic chip, no larger than a grain of rice, which is implanted harmlessly beneath a dog’s skin. Each microchip is programmed with a unique 15-digit number which will be revealed when scanned by a microchip reader. If your dog gets lost, this digital number would be essential to successfully identify the dog.
Once the details are checked on the microchip database, the animal can be safely returned to its owner.
Under the law introduced in April 2016, it is the keeper’s responsibility to ensure that all their contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
Whilst the law now states all dogs in the UK must be microchipped, we advise that you microchip other pets such as cats and rabbits too. Cats in particular can be prone to wandering off, using one of their many nine lives on an adventure, and if they are microchipped, it will make a reunion between you and your cat much more likely.