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Free microchipping for dogs

By jspiteri  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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Legislation comes into effect in April 2016 which will make microchipping of all dogs compulsory.

From that date all dog owners will have to:

-Have their dog microchipped and registered on an authorised database.

-Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away.

-Keep their contact details up-to-date on the database.

What is a microchip?

A microchip (technically called a Radio Frequency Identification Device or RFID) is a small electronic device, which is the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner that energises the microchip using a radio signal.In the UK the microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Once implanted correctly the microchip is unlikely to fail and so provides lifelong permanent identification.

Microchipping just feels like a small pinch or mild sting – akin to a minor injection. The dog does not feel the chip at all after it has been inserted.Once the microchip has been inserted, the dog's body tissue surrounding the microchip attaches itself, preventing movement of the chip.

Benefits of Microchipping

As well as becoming a legal requirement Microchipping has a number of welfare benefits, including:

• All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer

• Deterrent to dog theft

• Allows for rapid return, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

• Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty

• Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures

• Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

Dogs Trust have set aside £6 million to go towards the chipping of dogs in the UK and at the Shreen Vet Group they are happy to be supporting this worthwhile endeavour.

With this in mind Shreen Vet Group is able to offer FREE microchipping for ALL dogs from 1st April 2014 for a period of 12 months.

For more information on the Dogs Trust scheme visit their website on http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/m/microchipping/

Book your FREE chip appointment today on 01747 822428.

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