Vets in Milton Keynes are offering free microchipping for dogs over the next 12 months.
Savers, in Shenley Brook End, and Best Friends Vets, in Bletchley, are among hundreds of vets in ther UK participating in the Dogs Trust’s Microchipping Through Vets Scheme.
Implantation takes just a few moments and is done using a special type of syringe to place the microchip, which is smaller than a grain of rice, under the loose skin of a dog’s neck.
Microchipping of dogs is set to become compulsory in England from April 2016, so this is an opportunity for anyone with a presently non-microchipped dog to get it done for free, ensuring that should they be parted with their dog at any point, they can be reunited as quickly as possible.
Elvira Meucci-Lyons, head of campaigns and community at Dogs Trust, said: “Last year 111,986 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by local authorities across the UK, with only 40 per cent reunited with their owners. We hope this initiative will help to reduce the number of dogs put to sleep in council pounds because their owners cannot be traced.”
If dogs are microchipped vets and local authorities can quickly identify a pet’s owner and return the pet home. When pets are not microchipped they usually end up in a re-homing centre or can end up being put to sleep.
To make a dog microchipping appointment, dog owners can call VetSavers on 01908 340544 or Best Friends Vets 01908 270144