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Have your pets had their chips?
6:20pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in Andover
PETS At Home in Andover is to hold a series of microchipping events over the coming months following new Government legislation All dogs in England and Wales must be chipped by April 2016 following the new law announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Responsibility is with the dog owners to ensure their pet is microchipped and there will be fines for non-compliance. It will also be an owner’s responsibility to keep their contact details up to date on the national microchip database.
To help pet owners comply with the legislation Pets at home will be microchipping pets on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March for just £10.
Store manager Mark Bladen said: “Microchipping is a simple, relatively painless and essential procedure for ensuring the welfare of your pet. It’s a fool-proof method of keeping your pet safe.”
The chip is roughly the size of a grain of rice, fits under the dog’s skin and contains information about its owner, making it easier for both to be reunited should they become separated for whatever reason. At Pets at Home, when a chip is implanted, every pet is given a unique code number, which is then stored along with the owner’s contact details on the UK’s largest registration database, Petlog.