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Register and update your microchips, dogpeople! Spreading the love over from The Litter Tray.

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MiniLeopardInTheHouse Wed 13-Jun-18 14:40:33

I have posted about this on a thread, and have started a thread about it over in The Litter Tray, but as a dogperson too I'm spreading the love over here! I come in peace.

Most of us are pretty good these days at getting our dogs microchipped, registering our details, and also arranging for stray dogs who find us to be scanned for microchips. But do we always remember to keep the registered details up to date if we move house, change phone numbers or vets, or if we rehome a dog elsewhere?

Recently we took an injured stray cat to the vet. Thankfully she was microchipped, the owner was telephoned, and I was able to take the cat back to her home. However the vet was dealing with another microchipped stray cat and the owner could not be contacted because the registration details were out of date. Such a shame.

I know that some owners simply don't care that much, or deliberately move and leave their dog behind. For the majority of us though it is an oversight and we'd be devastated if we couldn't be reunited with our dogs in this situation.

Just a reminder to

REGISTER YOUR MICROCHIPS AND KEEP THEM UPDATED, DOGPEOPLE.

sobersandra Wed 13-Jun-18 15:35:51

Yes. Totally agree op smile

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Wed 13-Jun-18 16:38:42

Couldn't agree more.

DDog's last two owners didn't bother to update his microchip (I found this out when he became mine and I had to go through the process of updating when I thought I knew who he was chipped to and found out it was total strangers). You can't rely on assurances from previous owners that it has been changed - that's where it went wrong for my dog. For some of that time, he didn't have an ID tag on either after he lost it (when he belonged to his last owner but I was walking him).

If he had got lost, I shudder to think what might have happened to him.

When the compulsory microchipping law came in, the number of strays that couldn't be reunited with their owners dropped by about 20%. That could be even more if people updated microchip details.

MiniLeopardInTheHouse Thu 14-Jun-18 19:10:48

Just an elbow nudge 🐕

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