“Losing a pet which has strayed or even worse has been stolen can be a traumatic time,” says John Taylor, Middleton Cheney’s resident vet. “The worry tends to increase the longer the ordeal continues, and the more dreadful the possibilities seem to become.
“An owner’s first line of defence is to fit an identification tag to your pet’s collar, but there is always the risk that these can be removed or may fall off.
“This is where microchipping comes in; it gives an owner reassurance that everything possible has been done to permanently identify their animal and to help ensure they are reunited as quickly as possible.”
Microchipping is a quick and relatively painless procedure – a tiny transponder, the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the skin on the back of the neck. Once implanted this microchip can be detected by a hand-held reader device which all vets, police stations and rescue centres now use.
Your contact details are registered on the European database, run by Petlog, and should your animal stray, you can be traced using the unique identification number held on the microchip.
“This highlights another important aspect of the campaign, that owners must keep their contact details up-to-date on the Petlog database,” adds John. “If you’ve already had your animal’s chipped, why not fish out your registration documents and check that all your contact details are up to date. Amending out-of-date contact details can be done by simply calling Petlog on 0870 606 6751 or online by visiting www.petlog.org.uk
With so many stray cats and dogs handed into the surgery every month, Mansion Hill Veterinary Practice is an ardent supporter of microchipping. Microchipped animals are generally reunited with their owners in hours. Without identification, this process frequently takes many days.
Furthermore, as part of National Microchipping Month, Mansion Hill Vets will be following in the paw prints of the Kennel Club, RSPCA, rescue centres and dog wardens across the United Kingdom by offering microchipping at the special price of £10 per animal for the whole of June. To take advantage of the offer, simply call the surgery on 01295 712110 to book an appointment.