Is your dog Microchipped? Both Ludo and Arran are microchipped and I think it is important for all animals who go outside to be microchipped. I know there are some people who are wary of the practice for various reasons. Whatever your personal opinion, if you live in England, it will shortly become law. So I thought it worth doing a post, in case anyone reading this from England was unaware of the changes.
“Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 – it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips from 6 April 2016.
Dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers’ contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date. The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.” (site)
If your dog isn’t currently microchipped, various organisations such as the PDSA are offering free microchipping. Now, if you’re a bit squeamish, it can seem a bit ouchy. It’s a big needle! But it is over very quickly.
It’s important to make sure the dogs are also registered on a national database and the details kept updated. Personally, we are registered with Petlog, which is managed by the Kennel Club. Their premium service means you can update details at any time and they offer various services to help if your pet is lost, such as adding details when you’re on holiday and sending out an alert to local vets if you report your pet as lost. But other manufacturers and databases are available.
The main problem with compulsory microchipping, is that compulsory scanning needs to come in with it. There is a real problem currently with Local authorities (those responsible for strays/road accidents) and some vets not automatically scanning lost/found dogs for microchips. I fervently hope that the government will also introduce better education for those who should be scanning when this law comes into practice. We have the above tags on the dog’s harness, to remind anyone that finds them that they SHOULD scan them. It’s also a good idea for any newly adopted dog (such as from freeads) to get checked for a chip, incase they were originally lost or stolen.
It’s important as an owner to get your pet’s chip checked regularly. Unfortunately, they can occasionally move, or seem to stop working so every time we visit the vet, we ask them to check the chips too.
It’s also worth remembering that this new regulation does not negate the existing legislation for dogs to wear ID.
“Control of Dogs Order 1992
Every dog while on a public highway or place of public resort must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it or a plate or badge attached to it.” You can see more information on this at the Kennel Club Website Note, that the dog’s name does not need to be there and personally, I choose to leave it off.
I am involved with my local Dog Training Club and help with some classes and there are an awful lot of people who don’t realise this is a requirement. Although I suppose, it’s only through the Good Citizen scheme that I know it.
For agility purposes we have to use a flat tag (it’s a rule, no dangly bits on collars), which means you can’t even see the tag in all that fur. Part of the reason I am so keen on microchipping!
The Kennel Club have created a cute little video to remind people of the requirement and to highlight how easy it will be to change your details. If only all lost dogs were so easily found!
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