Margaret Nawrockyi of Dog Theft Action visits Crufts Vet (and DTA Advisor) Trevor Turner to get the DTA Mascot microchipped as part of the process to help prevent dog theft. Here Trevor conducts a health check, then microchips the dog and checks the chip's ID number with a scanner, to show that it has been successfully implanted.
DOG THEFT Action took every opportunity during Crufts 2006 to remind visitors about the necessity of permanent identification for all dogs. We are convinced that at least one method of permanent ID is essential but when attending events we always encourage owners to consider two methods.
So keen are we to promote responsible ownership that we gratefully accepted an offer by PetLog’s Emma Price to have our own DTA ‘gun dog’ microchipped on Sunday 12th March – the last day of Crufts 2006. While the other gun dogs were ‘strutting their stuff’ in the show rings, we took our gun dog along to the Crufts Veterinary Centre where we were greeted by Crufts’ vet Trevor Turner.
The procedure followed the appropriate guidelines and was witnessed by Our Dogs’ Chief Reporter Nick Mays, who was on hand to photograph the three stages. The DTA dog was scanned first to ensure that a chip was not already present. The microchip was then inserted and the dog was re-scanned to ensure that it was operating correctly. The paperwork was completed by Emma and the whole process, which had taken just a few minutes, was over.
The dog was later won by a Crufts 2006 by visitor Avis Boreham from Hertfordshire who correctly guessed his name – Prowler - and was presented with the appropriate documentation and a PetLog goody bag to the new owner by DTA Advisor Duncan Askew.
Whichever form of permanent ID you prefer, microchipping or tattooing, it is vital that found dogs can be identified and returned to their rightful owners as quickly as possible by the police, dog wardens, vets and welfare and rescue staff. This automatic response could reduce the likelihood of dogs being kennelled in areas far from home and consequently ‘lost’ forever.
Microchips can be inserted by dog wardens, vets and dedicated operators for about £15 - £25 but prices do vary according to area and who inserts the chip. Further information about microchipping can be obtained from www.petlog.org.uk or 0870 606 6751.