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18/05/2011 - Update before itís too late!

Staff at the RSPCA Bristol Branch Clinic are campaigning to encourage pet owners to update their pet's microchip details. Sadly it is all too common that pet owners move address or change telephone numbers and forget to notify the microchipping company of their new contact details.

Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners. The RSPCA strongly recommend microchipping your pet as an effective way of permanently linking pets to their owners, increasing the chances of them being reunited if the animal is lost, stolen or strays away from home.

Gemma Halls, Head Veterinary Nurse at RSPCA Bristol Branch Clinic said, “We believe that the best way to ensure a lost pet is found is to have it microchipped - implanted with a special microchip tag. However, it is equally as important to ensure that those details stored against the microchip are up-to-date and correct, otherwise the microchip is useless.”

The Clinic recently took in 5 stray cats in one week, all had been microchipped, all with old or incorrect details stored on their record. It turned out that the apparent owners of one had died 12 years ago, in another case the owners had moved house in 1994 and one had an old German chip that had no details registered to it at all! For these animals it can be impossible to track down their rightful owners.

Gemma continued, “If microchips are used correctly, they can be incredibly beneficial reuniting distraught owners with their much-loved companions just like Lexi, a 1 year old black and white cat who was brought into our clinic recently by an RSPCA Inspector.”

“The stray cat had been found injured having got her leg caught up in her collar. She was also very thin, presumably after getting accidently trapped somewhere like a garden shed. She was scanned for a microchip and thankfully had one. We realised then that she had in fact been microchipped by us when her owner brought her in to be neutered. We feel so strongly about the importance of microchipping that this is regular practice for us. Thanks to this chip and the fact that it had been kept up-to-date, we were able to contact her owners. It turned out that Lexi had been missing for a month and Miss Llewellyn, her owner, was over the moon to be reunited with her lost cat.”

RSPCA Bristol Branch is made up of the RSPCA Bristol Animal Clinic and Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. Together they provide thousands of local animals with care, shelter, veterinary treatment and a rehoming service, giving them a second chance for a happy life, free from pain or neglect.

With so many animals to care for the charity’s annual running costs exceed £1.6 million. Both the RSPCA Clinic and the Dogs & Cats Home are independent from the National RSPCA and receives no funding from the National Charity, Government or the Lottery. The charity therefore relies on the support from the community through donations, legacies and fundraising events to continue its important work.

Gemma added, “If you need to update your animal’s microchip, then please do not leave it until your pet goes missing!”

If you are uncertain how to update your microchipping records, you can call the RSPCA Bristol Clinic for advice on 0117 9724567.

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