Posted 11th Feb 2013
It has recently been announced that the Government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from 6 April 2016 to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, relieve the burden on animal charities and local authorities and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership. Each year more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost at a cost of £57 million to the taxpayer and welfare charities and, according to Defra’s website, over half (52%) of these stray dogs could not be rehomed because their owner could not be identified.
Microchipping involves a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, being injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique 15-digit number which is recorded on a national database together with contact details of the dog’s owner. It is very important that these contact details are kept up to date. You can find out more about microchipping by searching our Pet Info Library. At Croft Veterinary Centre we use the Bio-thermo Identichips that have the added benefit of providing a temperature reading when the chip is scanned.
Please note that the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. This still applies even if a dog is microchipped.