Microchip your dogs and cats ahead of change in the law

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Dog and cat owners in Bedford are being encouraged to attend a microchipping event on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, to help protect their pets from being lost or stolen.

An important part of responsible pet ownership, microchipping is the most effective way of increasing the chances of a missing pet being returned safely to its owner and for dog owners this is becoming a compulsory part of caring for their pet.

In April 2016 it becomes law in England and Wales that all dogs have to be microchipped by eight weeks old. Pet owners can bring their cat or dog to Pets at Home Bedford any time on Saturday, August 1 or Sunday, August 2 and get their pet microchipped for the special rate of just £10* (usually £15).

The Bedford store team makes it very easy for pet owners to drop in and make use of the microchipping service. And for the majority of pet owners, the ‘peace of mind’ guarantee is worth the associated cost.

Clarise Kelly, store manager at Pets at Home Bedford, said: “As the government deadlines approach, we want to highlight the benefits of microchipping to help owners avoid the heartache of losing a pet.

“Microchipping is a simple, relatively painless and essential procedure for ensuring the welfare of your pet.”

The chip is roughly the size of a grain of rice, fits under the pet’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.**

For more information on microchipping go to www.petsathome.com or contact your local Pets at Home store.