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Pet Identification and Ownership

The preferred method of identification and ownership in all pets is the placement of a small microchip under the skin. The chip is placed with very little discomfort, just like an injection. Each microchip has a unique code, after the microchip is implanted the owners’ contact details are registered with a central database.

If the pet is then found away from home, most vets, animal charities and local authorities will have a scanner to identify the unique number. The owner can then be located via the microchip company database linked to the microchip number.

Unfortunately hundreds of thousands of pets that go missing each year are not reunited with their owners because they are not microchipped. The government is so alarmed by the situation that compulsory microchipping of dogs will be a legal requirement in England from 6 April 2016 and from 1 March 2015 in Wales. Compulsory microchipping is already present in Northern Ireland (decision pending in Scotland). Microchip identification is already an integral part of the PETS passport system for movement of pets in and out of the UK.

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Furthermore, The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your telephone number is optional (but advisable).

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