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Microchipping Matters!

“All dogs in England will need to be microchipped to help tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets It’s a shame that in a nation of dog lovers, thousands of dogs are roaming the streets or stuck in kennels because the owner cannot be tracked down. I am determined to put an end to this and ease the pressure on charities and councils to find new homes for these dogs”. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced. 

The Government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from 6 April2016

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Microchipping is a simple solution that gives peace of mind to owners. It makes it easier to get their pet back if it strays and easier to trace if it’s stolen.

At Willow we didn’t think there was any point in hanging around, its important,  so we are subsidising the cost and making ALL  microchipping FREE as part of our puppy (& kitten) vaccination courses.

What is a microchip?

A microchip (technically called a Radio Frequency Identification Device or RFID) is a small electronic device, which is the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner that energises the microchip using a radio signal. 

How is the microchip implanted?

In the UK the microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades.  The process should always be carried out by a suitably trained person ( all our nurses are trained to carry this out. Once implanted correctly the microchip is unlikely to fail and so provides lifelong permanent identification. 

Is it going to hurt my pet?

Microchipping just feels like a small pinch or mild sting – akin to a minor injection. The dog does not feel the chip at all after it has been inserted.

What do I need to do once my pet has been chipped?

The microchip number itself is meaningless. Owners need to register the microchip number as well as their details with an appropriate computerised database. However, it is essential that the databases are kept up to date and that the owners themselves update their personal details where necessary, such as after a change of address. We run our ‘check the chip’ campaign so that we are always reminding you.

How is the identification number read?

Microchips work when a scanner is passed over them. This is because the scanner produces low frequency radio waves that passively activate the microchip, allowing the unique number to be read.

Who has scanners?

It is estimated that there are currently over 10,000 scanners in use throughout the UK. These can be found at most veterinary practices, Local Authorities and animal welfare groups. Local Authorities and animal welfare groups use scanners to check stray dogs to see if they have been microchipped. If the dog has been microchipped he can then be returned to you easily and quickly.

We use Halo scanners which we link to a database of stored reported stolen dogs- we also donate these scanners to charity groups so that they can scan lost and found pets easily.

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