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Compulsory microchipping in dogs from next month

This April, compulsory microchipping is being introduced for all dogs across the UK.

This means that every dog over the age of eight weeks has to have a microchip, their information has to be on a suitable database and this information has to be up to date.

“Microchipping is not only important to comply with legislation, but is a vital part of security and reassurance – if a pet is lost or stolen the microchip provides a valuable way of identifying them,” said Jill Warner from Beeches Veterinary Centre in Semington Road. They are offering a £10 microchipping service this month for all dogs and cats.

“We are using high quality ‘BackHome’ mini-microchips which mean a smaller needle for your puppy or dog,” added Jill.

“The owner’s details are stored on the Kennel Club – run database ‘Petlog’ – this keeps owners’ data secure but, should anything happen and a pet is lost or stolen, the database is contactable 24 hours a day.

“We have useful information for anybody with questions and welcome people to just pop in and see us at 4 Semington Road, Melksham (SN12 6BZ).”

For more details visit www.beechesvetcentre.co.uk or call 01225 793335