"Does my pet need a microchip?"
After 6 April 2016, all dogs in England and Wales must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old
"Why microchip your pet?"
Every year some 250,000 pets go missing. Microchipping greatly increases the chances of them being found – much better than a collar identification tag which can fall off, break or be removed. If a pet is stolen and recovered by the police or local authority, a microchip may be the only way to identify and contact the owner.
After April 2016, any owner whose dog is found without a microchip has a short period of time to have them microchipped. Owners who do not comply with the law could face fines of up to £500.
"What exactly is a microchip?"
A microchip is a very small electronic device, about the same size as a grain of rice, that is implanted under your pet’s skin. Every chip has a unique 15-digit number encased in a protective shell which is “read” using a special scanner. This protective shell helps to prevent the microchip from causing a reaction or moving around which can make it difficult to read.
How long does a microchip last?
Your pet’s microchip should last for a lifetime.
"What information goes on a microchip?"
A microchip simply contains a unique number. This number then links to a database which holds the owner’s contact details.
Where is my pet’s contact data stored?
When a pet is microchipped, the owner’s contact details are recorded and stored, together with the chip number, in a national database. There are several of these databases in the UK including Petlog, Anibase, PETtrac and Pet Protect. Each manufacturer has partnered with one of these databases to store the contact details for the chips they produce.
For any pets microchipped at Woof Style, the contact details and unique code number are stored on the UK’s largest registration database, Petlog.
How do I update the contact details on my pet’s microchip?
If you’re moving house, or staying away from home for an extended period with your pet, you should update your contact details. If you can’t remember the database your microchip provider uses, the first step is to identify the relevant database.
If you know the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip, start by visiting the company’s website – you should be able to update your details on there.
What happens if my microchipped pet goes missing?
When a lost pet is taken to the vet, animal warden or rehoming centre, it should be routinely scanned for the presence of a microchip. If one is found, the owner’s contact details can quickly be retrieved from the appropriate database.
If your pet goes missing, start by contacting the database company which holds their contact details as soon as possible; it's also a good idea to contact all vets’ practices in the area, and the local animal warden.
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