Make sure your pups have had their chips
FROM April 6 2016 it became a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK, over the age of 8 weeks, to be microchipped and registered on an approved database. A dog is only exempt from being microchipped if a vet certifies, in writing, that it cannot be microchipped for health reason. To date, over 1 million dogs have yet to be chipped. It is up to the breeder to microchip the pups they breed and each new owner must ensure that the details have been changed and are kept up to date.
If you don’t get your dog microchipped and registered you could be served with a notice ordering you to do so. You will have 21 days to comply after which, you may be liable for a £500 fine and could face criminal prosecution. Please remember that the new law will not replace current requirements for dogs to wear a collar and tag with their owner’s name and address when in a public place.
Microchipping isn’t just for dogs. Cats, rabbits and even horses can be chipped (ask your vet for advice as species and size must be considered) which means that if your pet is lost or stolen it is easier for you to be reunited with them. Always remember to keep your details up to date if you move home though as if your address details are out of date you might not see your beloved pet again if it strays or is stolen.
Your local vet can microchip your animal. Costs vary but will be in the region of £15 to £25. At RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch we provide subsidised neutering and microchipping of companion animals for those in the Branch area on low incomes. We do this by both a voucher scheme and by holding events in the community. If you are not able to afford to get your pets microchipped or need advice on microchipping then please contact us on (020) 8966 9688.
We have many cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry pets looking for a home. Many of these come to us as stray pets because they are not microchipped and their owners can’t be found. Two of our recent arrivals who came into our care in these circumstances are Dusky and Russell. These two lovely felines are both now neutered, microchipped and just waiting for someone to offer them a new home for life.
If you would like to find out more about them and how you could adopt Dusky or Russell please give us a call on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. uk.
To view Dusky and Russell or the many pets other we have looking for new homes you can visit our website at: www.rspca-middlesex.org.uk
n WAITING: Dusky, above, and Russell, left, are looking for a new home