There is nothing worse than the feeling when your pet goes missing and, in days gone by, the first reaction would be to get as many missing pet posters handed out as possible but, with the advancement in microchipping technology, this has soon become a thing of the past. Having your pet microchipped means that they can easily be traced back to you if they were to ever get lost. Here at Jacqui Paterson’s we offer our microchipping services to our clients in Middlesbrough which extremely improves the chances of your pet being returned to you if they were to ever go missing.
The microchip itself is a very small device, comparable to the size of a grain of rice, which is quickly inserted under the skin in between the shoulder blades, the procedure itself is very similar to that of a routine injection. Each microchip contains a unique number, this number is then assigned to your pet and linked up with your contact details which includes your name, address and telephone number. Your details will then be stored on a database that is only accessible to animal care professionals, this means if your pet is ever found and handed over to a veterinary practice they can then get in touch with you. It is essential that you keep your contact details updated so that you can be contacted immediately when your pet has been found and scanned.
In April 2016 it became a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, if your pet isn’t microchipped after this deadline and is caught without a microchip you could end up with a hefty £500 fine. With this in mind, and the fact that if your pet was to ever go missing you could be reunited a lot easier, make sure that you get in touch with us to book your pet in to be microchipped.
A microchip is the most reliable way of being reunited with your pet if they were to ever go missing, this is especially true when compared with other identification methods such as collars and tags which can easily fall off or be removed.
If you would like to book your pet in to be microchipped then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and book in a microchipping appointment with us at our Middlesbrough surgery. Give us a call on 01642 309696 to book an appointment, we are also more than happy to answer any questions you may have or alternatively visit www.anibase.com.