We recommend microchipping as a permanent means of identifying your pets – it is suitable for dogs, cats and small furries. Having a microchip can make the process of reuniting you with your pet much quicker; it can also save on the expensive fines you have to pay to some local authority schemes if your lost dog has to be put into temporary kennels.
It is a legal requirement for your dog to wear a tag showing the owner’s address and telephone number when in a public place. But the only permanent way to identify your dog is by microchipping and in 2016 it will become a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped.
Microchipping is a safe and quick procedure. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and it contains a unique number that links to the owners details on a central database. The chip is inserted between the shoulder blades using a needle and should hurt no more than a vaccination. The staff at Borders Pet Rescue have been trained to carry out the procedure. You need to make an appointment and we ask for a contribution of £15 to cover the cost of the chip and the registration of your details.
The chip number is picked up using an electronic scanner which vets, rescue centres and dog wardens will have. If your pet is found, it will be scanned, the microchip database will then be contacted to get your details in order to contact you and report your pet found.
You should provide as many contact details as possible (address, home telephone, mobile number and email address) to the database to ensure you can be contacted rapidly if your pet is found. If you move, change you telephone number or change ownership of the pet you must let the database know.
If your dog is missing you should contact all of the following resources:
- Your local authority dog warden
- If he is chipped, call Petlog, or other relevant database which have your chip details.
- Dogs Lost, a free online service on which you can advertise.
- All your local rescue centres
- All local veterinary practices in the area
Please call the centre on 01896 849090 if you would like an appointment to get your pet microchipped.