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Why should you microchip your Pet?

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Why should you microchip your Pet?
Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses.
Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.

Did you know that it is a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped and to keep your details up-to-date.
Find out more about microchipping 

How does it work?
A tiny microchip is quickly and simply inserted under the animal's skin, or in the neck for horses. This gives the pet their own unique code.
The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner's contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database

Most importantly - make sure to keep your details up to date !!!!!
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners but microchipping can help to change that.
While collars and tags can get caught or removed - microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.
Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. 
So if you move house or change your telephone number, you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.

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Susie Blake (Police , Partnerships Officer, Durham Constabulary)

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