National Microchipping Month

National Microchipping Month takes place in June. Run by us and Petlog it aims to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the details attached to your dog’s microchip correct and up to date.

As the nights grow longer, and you go away with them on holiday, the risk of losing your dog increases. Whether you are leaving your windows open in your house more often or going for more walks. To avoid the feeling of fear and anxiety that comes with losing your dog, make sure their contact details are up to date on the microchipping database that they’re registered with.

What is National Microchipping Month?

National Microchipping Month is to spread awareness about the importance of keeping your details up to date. Since April 2016, it has been a legal requirement to microchip your dog and record keeper details with a government-compliant database, such as Petlog. Microchips create a stronger guarantee that your pet would be returned to you, should they ever go missing and are found/ handed into a vet, local authority warden, or welfare organisation. Microchipping is a more permanent way of identifying your dog than using a collar or name tag, as these can often come loose and fall off.

A microchip explained

A microchip is an electronic identification method that is linked to your pet’s details on a national pet identification database. This information is held on the database for the lifetime of your dog and needs to be updated, by contacting the database, every time your dog changes keeper or in the event that the keeper changes their address, or telephone number.

When getting your dog microchipped, ensure that it’s performed by a vet or trained microchip implanter, as these are the only people allowed to carry out this procedure. A microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice, and having one injected is a harmless procedure that is over within a few minutes. Once implanted, the microchip will last a lifetime, and is a great way of safely and effectively ensuring that your dog can be returned to you, should they ever go missing.

Each microchip has its own individual number that can be detected when scanned with a microchip scanner. This provides you with a lifetime of peace of mind, and is an inexpensive way of keeping your dog safe, microchipping is the most permanent and reassuring way of making sure that your dog can be found.

Why is microchipping essential?

As a dog owner, not only is it a legal requirement for your dog to be microchipped. It’s also a requirement to make sure that the details held against the chip are correct at all times. Having up-to-date and correct information linked to your dog’s microchip ensures that you will be able to be reached and kept informed if your dog goes missing.

Have you considered Petlog Premium?

Make sure your details are up to date to have the best chance of reuniting your dog with you, should the worst happen. We offer a Petlog Premium package for a one-off fee of £19.95. This allows the keeper to update their records as many times as is needed throughout the lifetime of their dog. This, on average, works out to be less than £2 per year, giving you the peace of mind that your dog is far more likely to be returned home if they went missing.