Microchipping is a simple, speedy and completely safe procedure where a microchip the size of a grain of rice is inserted under a pet’s skin. The chip carries a number unique to your pet, which is registered with a database. This holds details about your pet, as well as your own contact details, which is a godsend should your pet get lost and picked up as a stray. Studies have even been conducted to prove the effectiveness of microchips in successfully reuniting lost pets with their owners, something we see often at the Home.
In the grand scheme of things, microchipping is still a fairly new form of pet identification. Fortunately though, through ease of availability and changes in both attitude and legislation, it is one that has been widely adopted. PDSA’s 2018 PAW Report states that 91% of UK dogs are currently chipped, up from 70% in 2011. That does, however, still leave nearly one in 10 dogs without a microchip.
Microchipping your pets greatly increases your chances of being reunited with your beloved pet if it were to run away, get lost, or be stolen. Collars and tags serve a similar purpose, but can be removed. A microchip stays with the pet for life.
Additionally, for dogs, it’s the law. The Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016 made microchipping compulsory for all dogs over eight weeks old. Failing to microchip your dog could lead to a fine of (up to) £500 and a court appearance.
At the Home, all animals up for adoption will be microchipped prior to rehoming, and we’re proud to offer microchipping for any dog or cat that needs it, in exchange for a small donation to support our work at the Home.
If you’d like to know more about microchipping or to arrange to have your pet microchipped, please contact us at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home by calling 0131 669 5331 or by visiting us at 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh.