From April 2016, every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal under plans intended to cut a rise in strays. The microchips will be coded with the owners’ details and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen. Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.
RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District Branch offers micro chipping for £5 for dogs and cats on their mobile clinic.
How it works
A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that. While collars and tags can get caught or be removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively. Micro chipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.