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Microchipping

From 6th April 2016 the law will require all dogs in England to be microchipped and their ownership details kept on a register.  Microchipping is recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet to ensure its safe return.  It's a quick and easy process which causes no more discomfort than a usual vaccination and complements a collar and identity tag that all dogs should wear.

 

Apart from being a legal requirement microchipping has many other benefits including:

  • Allows for rapid return of lost/stray dogs to their owners by local authorities.
  • Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly.
  • Improved traceability allowing puppies to be traceable to their breeder, helping reduce the problem of illegal puppy farming and the incidence of infectious diseases.
  • Acts as a deterrent to dog theft.

 

Most veterinary practices can provide a microchipping service, below is a list of local providers offering the service ahead of the change in the law.

  • Scotts Vets, Goldington road, Bedford, 01234 261622.  Charge £15 per dog by appointment only.  Open 7 days a week.
  • Pets at Home, Kempston Retail Park, 012345 360343.  Charge £15 per dog by appointment only.  Open 7 days a week.
  • Vets4Pets, 108 London Road, Bedford, 01234 262050.  Charge £10 per dog (only until 30 April) by appointment only.
  • Acorn House, Linnett Way, Bedford, 01234 266412.  Charge £9.50 per dog by appointment only. Open 7 days a week, with reduced hours on Sunday of 09.00 to 12.00.  However, on Sunday 3rd April 2016, Acorn House will be open for a drop-in microchipping session between 10.00 to 12.00 and 12.00 to 14.00 (no appointment required).

 

Microchipping - Frequently Asked Questions

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is a simple safe and quick procedure. It can make all the difference in being reunited with your pet should they stray or go missing.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.

 

How does a microchip help to reunite a lost pet with their owner?

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Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet's details are stored in a microchip database along with the microchip's unique 15 digit code.

When a missing pet is found, an animal professional (for example a vet or dog warden) will scan the pet revealing the microchip's unique 15 digit code, and contact the microchip database your pet is registered with. The customer care staff will perform some security checks before releasing your contact details to the animal professional - so that your pet can be reunited with you.

 

How do I amend any details on my pets record?

To make changes to your record such as address or contact details, first you would need to upgrade to Petlog Premium Lifetime Membership.  This service is £16 (one off fee) which covers the lifetime of your pet (whilst in your care). Upgrade to Petlog Premium to amend your details. If you want to change the name of the owner/keeper of the pet you will need to complete a Change of Ownership.

 

How can I change my address / contact details?

To make changes to your record such as address or contact details, first you would need to upgrade to Petlog Premium Lifetime Membership. This service is £16 (one off fee) which covers the lifetime of your pet (whilst in your care). Upgrade to Petlog Premium to amend your details.

 

How do I change ownership of a pet registered with Petlog?

If you want to change the name of the owner/keeper of the pet you will need to complete a Change of Ownership.

 

Why do I have to pay to make changes to my record?

The fee that is paid at the point of microchip implantation does not go to the databases; this is the reason why databases request a fee when a change of details is required.  Change of contact details can be completed online or via the telephone: 01296 336 579 for £16 – a one off payment for a lifetime's peace of mind (on average this equates to £1 a year for the lifetime of the pet).  You will automatically be upgraded to our Petlog Premium Membership Service, meaning that all other updates will then be free.  As well as the 24/7, 365 lost and found service, Petlog Premium gives added peace of mind:- the ability to create a unique online account, add holiday information, SMS texting, 30 mile radius email alerts and lost pet posters. 

 

Is it compulsory to have my dog microchipped?

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 any owners who fail to get a dog microchipped, or keep their registered details up to date, could receive a fine of up to £500.  Where a dog strays and is claimed by an owner, the Council will serve a notice giving the owner 21 days to get their dog microchipped.

 

Further details about microchipping and the national register can be found at www.petlog.co.uk/petowners 

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