To any dog owner, the possibility of losing your precious pet is a nightmare scenario. As a part of the family, the last thing you want to consider is that they might go missing. However, in the event that the worst does happen, microchipped pets have a much greater chance of being reunited with their homes.
One figure suggests that a mere 15-20% of dogs are ever reclaimed after ending up in animal shelters. This tragic statistic makes clear the importance of taking measures to clearly identify your dog in the event of him getting lost or stolen.
The RSPCA tells the story of Archie, a black cocker spaniel who was found an astounding 13 months after being stolen from his trainer’s car. He was found on the side of a road and delivered to one of the organisation’s animal shelters where they gave him a routine examination. Archie’s microchip was spotted and used to help reunite him with his owner.
Identification tags and collars can be removed, but microchips are a permanent record of your dog’s identity. Chipping your dog is a simple process that can be carried out by your local vet in seconds. However to maximise the effectiveness of the chip, it is essential to register your dog’s details on a national database and always ensure they are kept up to date.
If you ever plan to take your pet abroad, be sure to seek advice about the effectiveness of the chip in your destination country.