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Written by Sophie Baldwin
Statistics show that one in three pets go missing at some point in their lives but at least 90% with identification make it home.
From April 2016 a law was brought in making it compulsory for all dogs, from 8 weeks old, to be microchipped. This helps increase the likelihood of a missing dog being reunited with its owner.
In order for the microchip to be of any use in reuniting pet and owner make sure the details (your address and phone number) linked to the microchip are up to date.
Often this is something that gets completely forgotten about when owners move house. If you think that the dog is now in an unfamiliar area it is actually more likely to get itself lost and go missing!
It's really easy to update your details, contact the microchip company which the chip is logged with either by phone or via their website and provide your updated details.
You will need to know the microchip number to be able to do this and there is normally a small administration fee.
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 stipulates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with a tag. There is a fine of up to £5000 for not doing this.
The tag should state the name and
address, including the postcode, of the owner. The telephone number is optional but why wouldn't you have that on there as well?!
It is recommended not to put the dog's name on the tag because this helps potential dog thieves. By knowing the dog's name it can give the impression to others that the dog is known to the thief, because the dog will respond.
Interestingly there are some dogs that are excluded from having to wear an identification tag in a public place. They are as follows:
To help reduce the risk of losing your dog it is best to avoid the following;
1 in 5 dogs actually go missing after being scared off by a loud noise such as thunder or fireworks. As we approach further into autumn we need to be prepared in knowing what celebrations may be planned in our area. This may mean walking our dogs at different times of the day to normal to avoid being out when a bonfire night is about to start. It may be sensible to walk a dog on the lead if it is necessary to walk early evening over firework season.
If the unfortunate event does happen there are a number of things you can do to help increase the likelihood of a safe return home:
Sophie, Branch Owner Stroud and Tetbury