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June is National Microchip Month!

Introducing Microchip Month:

June is National Microchip Month, a great opportunity to highlight the importance of microchipping your pets. Imagine the relief of knowing that if your furry friend ever wanders off or gets stolen, a tiny microchip can help bring them back home. Microchipping significantly increases the chances of a happy reunion. This month, take that important step to ensure your beloved companion’s safety and your peace of mind.

Why Microchipping Matters:

Microchipping is a crucial aspect of responsible pet ownership. Petlog, a leading database that holds microchipping records, reports a 63% increase in pets reported as missing from June to August compared to the winter months. To raise awareness, Petlog started National Microchipping Month, emphasising how vital this tiny chip can be for our pets’ safety.

Since 2016, it has been a legal requirement in the UK to microchip dogs by the time they are eight weeks old. Since 10th June 2024, this law has been extended to cats as well, making it mandatory to microchip our feline friends.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. This chip permanently links your pet to your registered address in databases like Petlog. Keeping your contact details up to date in these databases is essential.

The microchipping procedure takes only a few seconds and is typically performed by a vet or vet nurse. It costs between £10-£30, although some charities may offer reduced-cost or free microchipping services. While the process may cause minor discomfort, a tasty treat afterwards can help keep your pet calm and happy.

Which Pets Can Be Microchipped?

Microchipping isn’t just for cats and dogs. Rabbits, horses, and other animals can also be microchipped. It’s best to check with your vet for advice, as suitability can depend on the size, species, and condition of your pet.

What to Do If My Pet Gets Lost?

If your pet goes missing, contact your microchip registration database immediately. If you’re unsure which database your pet is registered with, you can use check-a-chip.co.uk to input your pet’s microchip number and find out. If someone else finds your pet, they can take it to a vet to be scanned, and as long as your contact details are current, you’ll be reunited with your pet as soon as possible.

Benefits of Microchipping and Additional Tips:

  • Permanent Identification: Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot be lost or removed. They provide a permanent way to identify your pet.
  • Quick Reunions: Pets with microchips are significantly more likely to be returned to their owners if they become lost. Scanning the microchip reveals your contact information, facilitating a quick reunion.
  • Proof of Ownership: In disputes over pet ownership, a registered microchip provides proof that you are the rightful owner.
  • Travel Requirements: Many countries require pets to be microchipped for travel. Ensuring your pet is chipped can simplify the process if you plan to travel abroad with your pet.
  • Regular Vet Visits: During routine check-ups, ask your vet to scan your pet’s microchip to ensure it is functioning correctly.
  • Register with Petlog: If your pet isn’t already registered with Petlog, consider doing so. Petlog is the UK’s largest pet microchip database and offers excellent services for pet owners.
  • Educate Others: Spread awareness about the importance of microchipping among other pet owners in your community. The more pets that are microchipped, the higher the chances of lost pets being reunited with their owners.

Financing Microchipping:

While microchipping is a vital step for ensuring the safety of your pets, we understand that the associated costs can be a concern for many pet owners. Some companies charge fees to update details if you move, which can add to the financial burden. In the current economic climate, these costs might deter compliance with the new law. Thankfully, there are several charities in the UK that can help with the costs of microchipping. The Dogs Trust, for instance, offers free microchipping services at their rehoming centres and through local events. The Blue Cross also has provided low-cost microchipping events at pet care clinics. Additionally, the RSPCA often includes microchipping as part of their adoption package and can provide assistance for those in need. By taking advantage of these resources, you can ensure your pet’s safety without straining your budget. Don’t let the cost be a barrier—reach out to these organisations and give your pet the protection they deserve.

The Dog’s Trust: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/dog-advice/health-wellbeing/essentials/budget-vet-care 

The Blue Cross: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/advice/pets/wellbeing-and-care/microchipping-your-dog-or-cat

RSPCA: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/microchipping/dogs

Final Thoughts:

National Microchip Month serves as a vital reminder of the importance of microchipping our pets. This simple procedure can make all the difference in ensuring your pet’s safe return if they ever get lost. So, take the time this June to check that your pet’s microchip details are up to date and spread the word about the benefits of microchipping. Your pets will thank you for it!

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