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Tag Archives: microchipping

What to do if your cat or dog gets lost or goes missing

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It’s a moment every pet owner dreads – the moment you realise your beloved animal may be lost or missing.

Knowing what to do and how to respond is important, as the sooner you take action the more likely your pet is to be returned to you safely.

Petplan takes a look at how to minimise the risk and what to do to ensure the safe return of your pet if they do wander off…

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Microchipping your dog: are you up to date with all the facts?

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Microchipping your dog is now a legal requirement across England, Wales and Scotland as of 6th April 2016.

As an important part of responsible pet ownership (alongside pet insurance) as it vastly improves the chance of you and your lost pet being reunited.

However, many dog owners still have questions and reservations about the benefits of microchipping and why the government has made it a legal requirement.

Petplan takes a look at some of the key questions around the issue and why you should ensure your dog is microchipped…

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Stories from the surgery: a lost cat with a broken leg and the importance of microchipping

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Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has once again taken time out of his busy schedule to tell us all about some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult things he encounters in his surgery.

This month, he tells us the story of a cat presented at his surgery and how their plight made him reflect on the importance of microchipping pets…

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Are cat collars safe? Petplan looks at the pros and cons

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While a collar is a helpful accessory for a dog, in cats they can be problematical and may not be the best option for your beloved pet.

Petplan takes a look at the common reasons for fitting cats with a collar and what you need to consider…

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Petplan’s key points for responsible pet ownership

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Getting a pet can bring a lot of happiness to both you and your new cat, dog or any other furry friend you welcome into your home.

However, it’s also a serious commitment with many important duties to consider that may not be immediately apparent – responsible pet ownership consists of more than simply feeding and playing with your pet.

Here are some things to bear in mind before and after you get a new pet…

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‘Like to Help’ microchip pets with Petplan and Blue Cross

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Petplan have teamed up with animal charity Blue Cross to help their mission to microchip the pets of Great Britain – but we need your help.

To raise awareness of the importance of microchipping, we’re asking you to like our Help Blue Cross Facebook app and, for every 25 likes we get, Petplan will fund one microchip for a Blue Cross pet.

We’re aiming to microchip 1,000 pets by 31 July to help ensure far less pets are separated from their owners.

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The importance of microchipping your pet

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Nobody wants their pet to go missing, but if the worst happens it is commonly agreed that microchipping is not only the mark of a responsible owner, but provides the best chance of owners and pets being reunited. Writer Sue Corfield discovers two cases where thanks to microchipping, missing pets have been found.

Last year Poppy, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found by a dog warden service approximately 30 miles from her original home after being missing for eight years.

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Does my dog need to wear a collar?

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Absolutely. It is a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar in public. To avoid a hefty fine, owners must also ensure that the dog displays their name and address.

By law, when a dog is in a public place, it must wear a collar. This – or a tag attached to the collar – must also bear its owner’s name and address.

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Debate: Are the laws on dog ownership fair?

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With the recent announcement of changes to dog-ownership laws, plus a host of local bylaws to stick to, these are confusing times for dog-lovers. We want to know what you think. Are the Government and Local Authorities fair to dog owners, or are they too strict?

The rules and regulations that make up the laws on dog ownership have been put in place with the best intentions. They are intended to protect dogs, owners and the general public. But it can be hard to keep track of additions and changes, and sometimes it might feel like unreasonable restrictions are being placed on your enjoyment of dogs.

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Microchipping: the facts

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June is National Microchipping Month, and it’s all about celebrating and promoting the practice of microchipping for pets. Here are our top six facts about this amazing way of protecting your pet.

1. It first came to the UK in 1989, and since then over four million cats and dogs have been microchipped. However with a reported sixteen million cats and dogs residing in the UK there are still many who are not microchipped.

2. A recent survey identified that 48 per cent of pet owners didn’t know which brand of microchip their pet was implanted with. There are lots

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