Statistics released today by Watford Borough Council show how important it is for dog-owners to have their pets microchipped so that they will never parted from them.
The figures are released ahead of a new law that will make it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped from 6 April.
Watford Borough Council can reveal that its animal control officers recovered 88 stray dogs in the 2014 to 2015 financial year. Of these, 72 of the run-aways were returned to their owners because they were microchipped with their owners’ up-to-date contact details.
Environmental Health and Licensing Section Head Justine Hoy said: “Pet owners needn’t worry about microchipping. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and injected painlessly under the skin at the scruff of a dog’s neck. It can be done by any vet and only needs to be done once. Then if you ever lose your pet, you can rest assured that you’ll probably end up being reunited with them before long.”
Microchipping can be done for as little as £10 at Watford veterinary centres including:
- Vets4Pets Watford Century, Inside Pets at Home, Century Retail Park, Dalton Way, Watford, WD17 2SF. Tel. 01923 802587.
- Avenues Veterinary Clinic, 22 Garston Lane, Watford, WD25 9QJ. Tel. 01923 894274.
- Medivet, 237 St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 5BP. Tel. 01923 243429.
- Park Veterinary Centre, 256 Cassiobury Drive, Watford, WD17 3PA. Tel. 01923 223321.
- Park Veterinary Clinic, 9 Katherine Place, Abbots Langley, WD5 0BT. Tel. 01923 681261.
Owners must make sure once their dog has been microchipped that they update their details on the central database if their phone number or home address ever changes.
John Speed, Animal Control Officer for the council, said: “I love my job when I get to reunite lost dogs with their family. Microchips mean I can do this immediately, which reduces the stress and anxiety the dog suffers. It’s terrible to see dogs lonely and scared, missing their family. Show your dog how much you love them and get them chipped today, then keep your details up to date.”