The law requires any dog owner to have a collar with an ID tag on it giving the owners name, address and phone number.
Best not to put the dogs name on it.
May be a good idea also to put your mobile phone number on it.
From 6th April 2016, any dog over 8 weeks old must be microchipped by law.
This is the insertion of a tiny electronic chip under the skin in the gap between the shoulder blades.
This can be done at any age and is usually done by your veterinary surgeon.
The microchip contains a number, which can be electronically scanned by many dog wardens, nearly all vets, and some dog's homes, and hopefully should help to reunite you with your pet should it go missing.
It is inserted by the vet via a large sharp needle but most pups and dogs do not seem to be unduly bothered by this. Once there it is there for life.
If you move home you must remember to update your address details with the Microchip company.
Any pet who may be applying for a Pet Passport to travel abroad legally and return without the quarantine must be micro chipped first so that it can be positively identified.
Some of the microchip companies provide a little collar tag, which you can attach to the pets collar saying that the dog has been microchipped.
Alternatively you may wish to have "scan me" on your pet's name tag.
The actual electronic chips are very small about the size of a grain of rice.
Another useful security tip in case your pet ever has the misfortune to be lost or missing is to take good photographs of your pet showing its markings etc clearly.
Never leave your pet totally unattended outside a shop.
Never travel with your pet unrestrained in the car either use a dog car harness or a travel crate securely fitted. Unrestrained dogs in cars can cause terrible accidents and can themselves be killed in the event of an accident.
Sadly dog theft is becoming more common in the UK, so it is not advisable to leave your dog unattended anywhere.
Dogs can, and are stolen from people's own gardens.
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