When you get a dog, it very quickly becomes a huge – and irreplaceable – part of your life. They have a habit of stealing your heart and, before you know it, they rule the roost at home!
Sadly, thousands of pets are lost each and every year, many of which never find their way home again, so it’s essential that you do all you can to protect your pooch and ensure that they make it back to you in one piece if they do ever decide to get lost or, worse, if they’re stolen by a nefarious individual.
This is where microchipping really comes into its own, giving you and your pup the best chance of being reunited if the worst does happen. Collars and tags are good to invest in as well, of course, but if you fail to microchip your dog you run the risk of never seeing them again.
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification, where a tiny chip is inserted under the skin of your pet, giving them their own unique code. You are able to store your personal details on a national database, so that if your pup ever does strike out on its own and is later found, the chip can be scanned and you can be notified immediately.
What is important, however, is to make sure that your details are up to date. If you change your phone number or if you relocate, make sure you tell the database that you’re registered with so they can update their records.
In actual fact, it’s a legal requirement for dogs over the age of eight weeks to be microchipped – so if you’ve got a new pup at home and you haven’t sorted this out as yet, you may want to do so sooner rather than later.
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