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Incorrect details on microchip databases mean stray dogs remain unclaimed

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A YEAR after it became compulsory for dogs across Great Britain to be identified with a microchip, the importance of dog owners keeping their details up to date on microchip databases has been highlighted by the BVA and animal welfare charities.

Marking the first anniversary of the introduction of compulsory microchipping on April 6, the BVA released figures from a recent Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, which showed that vets believe most dogs in Great Britain have now been microchipped. Seventy per cent of the 751 vets responding to the survey indicated that more than three-quarters of the dogs they see in practice are microchipped.

However, 44 per cent say they cannot reunite …

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