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LAW 2016 

All dogs in England will, from April 2016, have to be microchipped as part of a government attempt to cut the number of strays and make pet owners more responsible for their animals.

Each year about 110,000 dogs in Britain are abandoned or lost, at a cost of £57m to the taxpayer and welfare charities. In more than half the cases the owners cannot be identified.

Microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice and are fitted under the skin between the dog's shoulder blades, allow vets, councils and charities to find out who owns a dog if it is thought to be a stray.

About 60% of the UK's 8m pet dogs are already microchipped, but from 6 April 2016 it will become compulsory, with the dog registered on one of the authorised commercial databases. Owners will also have to register the details of any new owner if they sell or give the dog away.

Anyone who breaks the rules gets a short period to comply with the law, then the next stage is a fine of up to £500.

what is a pet microchip: A pet microchip is a pet identification method involving an integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog, cat, horse, or other animal. The pet microchips are about the size of a large grain of rice and are based on a passive RFID technology. Pet microchips contain no internal power source so will last for an extremely long time. They are designed so that they do not act until acted upon and they are inert so they won't be rejected by a pets body. Most pet microchips comprise three basic elements: A silicon chip (integrated circuit); a coil inductor, or a core of ferrite wrapped in copper wire; and a capacitor. The silicon chip contains the pet identification number, plus electronic circuits to relay that information to the scanner. The inductor acts as a radio antenna, ready to receive electrical power from the scanner. The capacitor and inductor act as a tuner, forming an LC circuit. The scanner presents an inductive field that excites the coil and charges the capacitor, which in turn energizes and powers the IC. The IC then transmits the data via the coil to the scanner.

These components are encased in a special bio-compatible glass made from soda lime, or a strong bio-polymer material, and hermetically sealed to prevent any moisture or fluid entering the unit.

What is the proceedure to have my animal microchipped: The implantation is a quick and painless procedure that should hurt no more than a vaccination and in the case of dogs and cats this would be done just behind their shoulder blades by a qualified implanter using a special pre-packed sterile needle. Your vet or local animal welfare centre will also be able to advise you where to have more exotic pets, fish or horses microchipped as this a specialist procedure.

After that, there's nothing else to do - your details along with those of your pet will be registered with Petlog's Lost and Found Pet Service automatically by your implanter. If your pet goes missing, most vets, animal charities and local authorities have microchip readers, so when someone hands your pet in, they can read the chip's 15 digit code and contact the Lost & Found Pet Service.



What is the lost and found proceedure: After your pet is microchipped, the details will be registered with a Lost and Found Pet Service. If the worst happens and your pet goes missing, it is very likely that they will be picked up by the Animal Warden service, or by one of the Rescue organisations. These agencies are equipped with a special scanner which can read the lost pet's unique microchip number and this will enable them to find your details through the Petlog Lost & Found Pet Service which is open and accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. You will then be contacted directly so they can reunite you with your missing pet. If a stray pet is found out of office hours, it is likely that a local authority will pick it up and hold it overnight. Animal Wardens will have access to the Petlog database and will search for the microchipped pet's details so that they can return your stray pet to you as soon as possible. For these reasons it is very important to keep your details up to date on the microchip database. If they are not accurate it can result in extra fees from a kennels, a longer period of distress for both you and your pet or at worst your pet being re-homed.

Please visit our "contact us" page we have a full list of Implanters which will be only too happy to discuss implanting your animal at a competitve rate.


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