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Heath Veterinary Clinic, in Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint, wholeheartedly supports the Government's new compulsory microchipping law for all dogs in England as of 6th April this year.
If a puppy is not microchipped within eight weeks of its birth owners are given a 21 day notice to get their dog chipped, after which they will receive a £500 fine.
Microchipping is a quick procedure in which a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected between a dog's shoulder blades. Each tiny chip has its own number, which relates to the contact details of the owner. This information is stored on an approved database and the microchip can be scanned by local authorities and veterinary clinics if necessary.
This near painless procedure, similar to a dog receiving an ordinary vaccination, has many benefits for both dogs and owners; in addition to deterring instances of theft and puppy farming, microchipping will enable a much swifter return of lost dogs to their owners, thus relieving the burden on local animal charities. Microchipping will also allow easier identification and consequent arrest of repeat animal cruelty offenders.
Heath Veterinary Clinic's story of Jasper, a dog who was stolen in October 2014, highlights the importance of microchipping. Jasper, a one year old Whippet, was reunited with his owner by Heath Vets six months later and 100 miles south of his home. If Jasper had not been microchipped by his owner they may never have been reunited.
Sarah Solomon, Practice Manager of Heath Veterinary Clinic, says:
"We are extremely pleased that this legislation has been passed and are hoping that it will increase the responsible ownership of pets. We currently offer microchipping services at both of our clinics in Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint."