Losing a dog can be traumatic which is why microchipping is so vital. Today it is also essential, as it is illegal not 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.

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.