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Microchipping your pet

Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.

Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.

How it works

A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin, or in the neck for horses. This gives the pet their own unique code.

The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.

Microchipping dogs

From April 6 2016 it will be a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped in England. It's also expected that this will become law in Wales in Spring 2016.

So make you that you have your dog microchipped before this date, it will also help improve your chances of being reunited with your dog should they ever stray.

Pets are lost without it

Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.

While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.

Micro chipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date, which will be a legal requirement under the new laws for dogs. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.