Make sure your pups have had their chips

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

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 Al­ways re­mem­ber to keep your de­tails up to date if you move home though as if your ad­dress de­tails are out of date you might not see your beloved pet again if it strays or is stolen.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: info@rsp­camid­dle­ 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-mid­dle­

n WAIT­ING: Dusky, above, and Russell, left, are look­ing for a new home

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