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Safe & sound: Microchipping is the best way of ensuring you & your pets stay together forever. Here a hound has his microchip scanned.

Safe & sound: Microchipping is the best way of ensuring you & your pets stay together forever. Here a hound has his microchip scanned

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Protect your pets from loss or theft

Microchipping? What’s that?

Microchipping is simple, safe and quick. For such a fuss free process, it’s astounding that it can make all the difference beetween losiong your pet and being ing reunited if he or she should stray, go missing or, God forbid, be stolen.

A microchip is only the size of a grain of rice. The procedure, which must be done by a trained microchip implanter, like Louise at Otto & Alice Mobile Grooming Studio, takes only a few minutes but literally lasts a lifetime.

How does a microchip help?

Once your precious pet is microchipped, all your and your pet’s details are stored in a national microchip database, including the microchip’s unique 15-digit code.

If your pet goes missing and is found, an animal professional (e.g. a vet, dog warden or groomer) can scan reveal the microchip’s unique 15-digit code by scanning. Once established they can then contact the microchip database with which your pet is registered, where the customer-care staff will perform some security checks before allowing your contact details to be released to the animal professional.

When this has been done it’s only the matter of a phone call for you to be reunited with your pet.

At the moment it is only compulsory to have dogs microchipped in Northern Ireland, however, as of 2015 it will also be compulsory in Wales and in England, all dogs will need to be microchipped from 6 April 2016.

Dog owners will need to:

  • Have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases
  • Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away
  • Keep their contact details up-to-date on the databases
Microchipping is the best thing

Don’t break the bond: microchipping helps against theft or loss

You can find out more about compulsory microchipping

You can now have your pets – dogs and cats – microchipped in the Otto & Alice Mobile Grooming Studio wherever you are in London or North West Kent for just £15.

microchipping doesn't have to cost the earth

Just call Louise Wilsher – who trained with the Pet Industry Federation and chip manufacturer Micro-ID Ltd – on [telnumlink]07837 372527[/telnumlink]. She can implant the smallest chip (8mm x 1.4mm) on the pet market. This is much kinder , especially to small animals.

As Micro-ID’s Richard Fry, who has served on the body that set the current International Standard for microchips, says: “This system is the most significant step forwards for the chip industry in the past 25 years.”