BVA urges dog owners to keep microchip details up to date

Posted: 5 April 2017 at 10:32 am

The British Veterinary Associations (BVA) Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found that seven in ten vets believe more than three quarters of dogs they see are now microchipped. However, a microchipped dog with incorrect contact details means it’s very difficult for vets to reunite them with their owners.


Situations like moving house or bringing a new dog into the home are when they are most likely to feel most disoriented and stray, with these also being the time when details are most likely to be incorrect. Updating information as soon as a dog or you have a new address is vital to ensure dogs are not lost.


Gudrun Ravetz, President of the British Veterinary Association said, ‘Microchipping a dog and keeping the database contact details up to date are now a legal requirement for all dog owners in the UK, offering peace of mind for owners as well as valuable benefits for dog health and welfare.’


2 in 5 vets cannot reunite stray dogs with their owners due to incorrect information on the microchip database.


For any queries about microchipping or updating chip details, speak to your local veterinary practice who will be able to advise you.