Having pets is a big responsibility, it’s not all cute cuddles and Sunday snuggles on the sofa (Although that bit is great!) Our dogs are intrepid explorers, enjoying nothing more than a muddy run off the lead, exploring the wilderness our local walks have to offer.
For us, not having them microchipped was never an option. Our dogs live for their time off-lead, and the energy they burn off running rings around us certainly make our evenings significantly quieter and more relaxed.
Seeing our two dogs chase and play with each other is without fail one of the highlights of my day, but I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the fun if they were off the lead without being microchipped… you just never know what might happen!
When we’d had Polly for just six months, on one of her regular runs on our local school field it started to rain. Going through a water averse stage, she decided to turn tail and make her own way home, running across several roads before she made it to our front door.
We were very lucky, with the entire debacle taking part on a particularly traffic-free Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened on a busier day, or if we were slightly further from home. While the situation was awful, we were at least safe in the knowledge that had she got lost or hurt a vet would immediately be able to scan her chip and return her to us.
Both our pups were microchipped after their second round of vaccinations, just before they were due to step into the big wide world. Absolutely nothing to worry about, the entire procedure was over in a matter of minutes, with any ill-feeling forgotten through a few dog treats. Our vets have always been brilliant, with microchipping included in the ‘Healthy Pet Club’ programme our practice offer.
While we chose to have our dogs microchipped, from 6 April 2016 all dogs in England and Wales will be legally required to be microchipped and their details registered on an authorised database. For anyone who isn’t sure what to do next Petplan and Dogs Trust have joined forces to bring you this really handy FAQ, filling you in on everything you need to know about microchipping.
For those who already have their dogs microchipped, don’t forget you need to update your details every time you move home. We’ve added it to our to-do-list, and as soon as we settle into our new home we’ll be switching our address over. It’s just not worth losing our two furry friends, no matter how muddy they get!
This post has been possible thanks to Petplan, but all thoughts are our own.