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Is your dog microchipped yet?

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If not, you need to take action!

Inca - microchipping

From 6 April 2016 it becomes law for dogs to be microchipped. Microchipping is a really clever way of being able to identify our pets.

How it works

A tiny microchip is put under the animal’s skin – this gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database. This means that your pet could be reunited with you if he or she goes missing. Hooray!

Microchipping saves the day!

Thanks to microchipping, black cat Rigby was reunited with his owner Chris, despite being found more than 130 miles away from home! Poor Rigby, pictured below, was curled up in a car engine with a fractured pelvis. The car had travelled from Eastbourne to Oxford so Rigby had been on a four-hour journey. Thankfully he was taken to the vet and scanned for a microchip.

Travelling RigbyOwner Chris Doughty said: “Without the help of the RSPCA and Rigby’s microchip, we would never have got him home again. We are so grateful.”

What a great story! It just shows how important microchipping is. Your vet can microchip your pet or you may be able to get help from your local RSPCA.

Find out more. 

Sarah K

Sarah K

Hi, I'm Sarah and I look after our fantastic junior membership. I've been at the RSPCA for seven years and I've loved every minute. There are so many dogs around the office - it's great to get to know them all! I love animals and used to have five amazing pet rats. And, in case you didn't know, rats are possibly THE best pet. Well to me anyway. I don't have a favourite animal though - I think they're all amazing. I've even started to like spiders a bit more, weird I know! The thing I enjoy most is seeing animals in their natural habitat - to me there's not much more thrilling than that.

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One Response to “Is your dog microchipped yet?”

  1. Lily

    I think cats and dogs should feel safe at their homes.


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