Chipping away to get dogs chipped
July 22, 2015 by Grace Franklin
A quarter of all dogs still have to be microchipped before this becomes compulsory in April 2016 say Scottish vets.
A British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey reveals that owners need to get the message and take action before the law changes.
Now The Pets ‘n’ Vets Family, a network of locally-owned veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, is urging dog owners to chip their canine companions before the new law comes into force.
Ross Allan, a partner in The Pets‘n’Vets Family, said: ‘Permanent identification of dogs through microchipping has many benefits. It can help reunite strays with their owners, help tackle puppy farming and encourage responsible ownership. In pedigree dogs, chips facilitate the reporting and reduction of hereditary health problems.’
He added: ‘Microchipping is quick, painless, reliable and inexpensive and is to be welcomed. But with an estimated quarter of all dogs in Scotland not yet microchipped, there remain too many dog owners still fishing for chips with time running out before they will be compelled by law to do so.’
The Pets’n’Vets Family has been named a finalist in the Glasgow’s Favourite Business category of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards. The collection of veterinary practices is a small and friendly partnership run by local vets accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with a good reputation going back 40 or more years. To find your nearest practice visit: www.petsnvets.org