Veterinary associations have joined forces to assure pet owners that microchipping their dogs is safe, ahead of tomorrows law change.
Responding to recent media coverage in a joint statement, BVA and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) said:
“We are shocked by the scaremongering and irresponsible headlines urging people to avoid getting their dogs microchipped and to break the law that will come into effect across the UK from Wednesday.
“We’d like to reassure all dog owners that microchipping is a routine and harmless procedure that provides your pet with a form of identification that lasts a lifetime.
“For vets, your pet’s welfare is their primary concern and if they think that microchipping could have an adverse effect on your dog’s health – for example, because of existing ill-health – then they can issue an exemption certificate, but this is not a decision that dog owners should be taking themselves. Adverse reactions to microchipping are incredibly rare and while temporary swelling could occur or migration of the microchip might take place over time these are uncommon and harmless possibilities.
“Very few veterinary surgeons ever see an adverse outcome of microchipping, while many see heartbroken pet owners whose dog has been lost and finding them has been delayed due to lack of a microchip. Last year, seven in 10 vets could not reunite a dog with its owners because it didn’t have an identifier.
“A microchip that is implanted properly at your local veterinary practice and then checked during your pet’s regular vet visits can save lives as well as emotional heart ache for owners.”