It’s easily done – even the most careful of owners are at risk of their pet running away: whether it’s a dog that runs across the open fields; a rabbit that escapes; a horse that bolts; or a cat who gets stuck in a neighbour’s shed. When your pet is found, it will likely be taken to a local vet practice or a charity rescue home. One quick scan of the microchip and a phone call later, your pet is back where they belong – with you!
It’s an unfortunate reality that some pets – especially purebreds with high value – are stolen to order and resold. Without a microchip you wouldn’t be able to trace them. Databases can also mark your pet as ‘stolen’ so when a practice, kennels or other place scans their microchip they can search to see if they have been reported as lost or stolen.
Outdoor pets, especially cats, are prone to injury, whether that’s fighting with another animal or being involved in an accident. Injured pets found by members of the public are usually taken to a local vet practice who will treat the animal while also trying to track down the owner. If your pet is microchipped and the details are up to date, you’ll be able to get your pet back on the road to recovery. They’ll certainly be glad to see you while they’re licking their wounds!
- It’s a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped in England, Wales and Scotland
- It may also become compulsory for cats in the UK to also be microchipped
- Microchip details must be kept up to date with new addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
- It’s illegal for breeders to sell puppies over eight weeks old that are not microchipped and on a registered database