Brave Monty the puppy is helping Watford Borough Council show how easy it is for dogs to get microchipped so they are never lost for long from their owners.
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. The chip contains the contact details of a dog's owner, so they can be reunited if they are ever parted.
Watford resident Sophie Colgate took her 16-week-old puppy Monty, a Yorkshire terrier crossed with a Jack Russell, to be microchipped a few weeks ago.
She said: "It's a tiny little injection, and he didn't even make a sound. He didn't whine or anything and it was done in five minutes. He's been brilliant. You get very attached to your pets very quickly, so if you lost them, it would be awful – but having this microchip just gives you that peace of mind. You know that as soon as he gets picked up, they just scan him on the back of his neck and it comes up and you can be reunited."
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.
Watford Borough Council's Environmental Health and Licensing Section Head Justine Hoy said: “Pet owners needn’t worry about microchipping. 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.”
A new law was introduced on Wednesday 6 April that made it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. 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.”