Tuesday, July 23, 2024

The Importance of Pet Microchipping...

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A photo of the two Huskies“One Friday morning we were in our fully fenced garden when “somehow” we managed to squeeze ourselves behind the garden shed, break an old fence panel and make our bid for freedom! Our Dad had already had a husky, our furbro who sadly died, and so thought the garden was well and truly husky proof...it is now!

We then made our way across the local housing estate and up to the nearby railway station, then taking a right onto a dual carriageway. Our vet at this point was already getting calls from people saying 'expect two huskies to be arriving' from worried motorists. Once on the dual carriageway, a police lady who was on her way to work in her van and another kind lady created a 'rolling road block' with their cars to slow the traffic and finally cornered us down a side road in a builder’s yard. The police lady said we happily jumped in her police van as she had her own dog’s toys in there! She then took us to police HQ where we were the centre of attention and had lots of visits from police people and sausages from the police canteen!

We were then taken to a Vet where we were scanned for a MICROCHIP as we had no collar or ID. The MICROCHIP numbers came up and it was then realised that we had been taken to our very own vets and our Dad was called. We were very lucky indeed that we both survived, the police lady happened to be there and more importantly that we were both MICROCHIPPED as we had no other means of identification. We had no treats for a week, as our treat money was spent on 'thank you' flowers for the police lady! We have since both been bought new collars and tags BUT they can of course fall off whilst “coughs” out and about...

From April 2016, MICROCHIPPING became compulsory for Dogs in England and more information on this can be found on the Defra website. If your pet is microchipped please make sure that your contact details are kept up to date. If you move house, change your home or mobile telephone number, contact the relevant microchip reunification service listed below. If your microchipped pet does go missing inform them straight away:

Chipworks www.chipworks.co.uk 0330 107 0958
Identibase www.identibase.co.uk 01904 487 600
Petlog www.petlog.org.uk 0844 4633 999 or 01296 336579
PETTrac www.pettrac.co.uk 0800 652 9 977

For further information on what to do if you lose or find a dog in particular please contact The National Dog Warden Association www.ndwa.co.uk