BEST OF CARE: MODERN MEDICINE, TRADITIONAL VALUES

uppies being held by nurses at Penmellyn VetsThese two gorgeous little pups and their four siblings came to see us at St Columb to get their microchips done.

Now they are ready for their new homes.

What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny computer chip about the size of a grain of rice which contains a unique microchip number.

This number can be read by a scanner. The microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.

No anaesthetic is needed – the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard injection and we routinely microchip puppies and kittens with their initial vaccination course.

How does it work?
The microchip contains a unique 15 digit number – this can be read by a microchip scanner. The vet can then check the database for the unique number and get the owner’s contact details.

Why microchip?
Microchipping is a successful way of reuniting owners with lost or stolen pets. Microchipping is far more effective and permanent than identification methods such as dog tags which can fade or fall off.

It is also now the law to microchip your dog – this was introduced to relieve the pressure on animal charities and dog rescues by significantly reducing the amount of time they need to house dogs while the owner is located.

It will also protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership. It can also be used to locate owners where a dog has been involved in worrying livestock or other crimes.

The law:
All dogs born after June 1st 2015 must be microchipped and registered with a government approved database before they are 12 weeks of age or before they leave their birth home.

It is compulsory for all dogs older than this to be microchipped by March 2016. You must have a certificate of registration for your dog which you will receive from the database once you are registered. Your details must be kept up to the date and the database must be informed if your dog changes ownership.

** A microchip with out of date details is just as bad as no microchip at all. **

If you ever change your address or phone number, please get in contact with the microchip database company to get your pet’s microchip details updated. We cannot amend the details for you.

There are several different databases for microchips. If you know your pet’s chip number, you can see what database they are registered with by going to www.check-a-chip.co.uk. This is will give you the contact telephone number of the database for you to contact.

Please take the time to check your contact details on the database today. You never know when you might need it!

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