Microchipping – What is it all about?

What is microchipping?
Microchipping is a simple, safe and quick procedure. It can make all the difference in being reuinted with your pet should they stray or go missing.
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice which is injected into the scruff of your pet’s neck and the procedure which is carried out by a vet or a nurse, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.
Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet’s details are stored in a microchip database along with the microchip’s unique 15 digit number.
You need to update your details if ANY of the information given changes. This includes: name of pet, owner name, phone number and addresses. You do this by going online to http://www.petlog.org.uk or calling 01296 336579. If you microchip number is held on a different database, they will direct you to where.

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How can you check the detail’s of your pet’s microchip are up to date?
Go online at http://www.petlog.org.uk, place the pet’s microchip in the ‘look up a microchip’ field on the homepage and press go.

How do I update my contact details?
Again, you need to contact Petlog directly. They will charge a small fee to make an administration changes on your pet’s file. To avoid repeated charges you can pay a one off fee to upgrade to a ‘premium’ package which will allow unlimited changes. From April 2016 if you fail to keep your details up to date you could be liable for a fine of £500.

Will the microchip act as a GPS tracker?
No – the microchip needs to be scanned by a handheld scanner. The scanner activates the microchip and reveals the unique 15 digit number. The central database is then contacted to find out the keeper’s details.

If you would like a GPS tracker to find out where your pet goes, then check out http://www.g-paws.com

How does a microchip help to reunite a lost pet with their owner?
When a stray pet is found, an animal professional will scan the pet revealing the unique 15 digit number if the pet is microchipped. The central database is then contacted. The customer care staff at the database centre will perform some security checks before releasing the keeper’s contact details to the animal professional.

Is microchiping for dogs government controlled?
YES – the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables and community support officers.
For every dog that is currently not microchipped, you will have until 6th April 2016 to get them microchipped and registered on an approved database or face a fine of £500.
From the 6th April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.

Tips for finding a lost pet:
Place missing dog/cat posters everywhere you can
Leaflet drop the streets surrounding where you live
Contact local services including vets, rehoming centres and the local dog warden
Visit other lost and found pet websites and register your missing pet with as many as possible.
If you dog/cat was wearing their collar/tag displaying your telephone numbers, make sure that if anyone rings these numbers someone is available to to answer them. Keep your mobile phone with you at all times.
Social media is also a powerful tool – upload a clear photo and include a detailed description of where the pet was lost.

Can microchips be useful elsewhere?
YES – Sureflap is a manufacturer of secure catflaps which will only let those cats or small dogs in after they have been scanned and approved. When a registered pet approaches the cat flap from outside, the flap scans and recognises their microchip therefore only unlocking for them. This prevents intruder animals entering the home and provides a secure environment for your cat. You can also get a Sureflap catflap called a Dual Scan flap which along side stopping unwanted animals entering your home will also allow you to keep specific pets indoor whilst allowing others to come and go as they please. Sureflap Cat Flaps are £73.92, and the larger Pet Door (for small dogs or larger cats) is £110.88.

Sureflap also manufactures a pet safe feeder as the cat approaches the feeder recognises the microchip, therefore only opening for the correct cat and will close as the cat moves away. This can be very useful in a multi-pet household (stopping the dog from eating the cat’s food!), assisting with prescription diets, the giving of medication and weight loss. Sureflap Pet Feeders cost £92.40.

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