Animals are naturally curious creatures. All it can take is a new scent, the sight of a bird to chase or the sound of a fellow dog in the distance and they’re off to explore. You hope that they wouldn’t stray too far, and would find their way back to you once the novelty had worn off, but in many cases willpower alone simply isn’t enough.
If Your Pet Gets Lost
Statistics suggest that one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime. Traditional methods of identification like collars and tags can easily fall off or even be deliberately removed, which is why microchipping is the most effective alternative.
A microchip is a small device – no bigger than a grain of rice – that holds a unique code. The chip is quickly and painlessly inserted under your pet’s skin just between their shoulder blades, so that they always carry this code with them. If they should ever stray too far from home, this code can be scanned to reveal your contact details so that you can be reunited with them once more. Only specific animal professionals like vet surgeries, dog wardens and rescue charities hold microchip scanners, so you don’t have to worry about your details being easily accessible to members of the public.
Microchipping is considered such an important method of identification that it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be chipped. If your dog is caught without a microchip, or if your contact details on the national pet database are out of date, you could face a fine of up to £500!
For your peace of mind – and your pet’s security – a simple microchip could be the answer.