Dog and cat owners are being encouraged to attend a microchipping event this weekend (30 November – 01 December) to help protect their pets from being lost or stolen. 

An important part of responsible pet ownership, microchipping is the most effective way of increasing the chances of a missing pet being returned safely to its owner.

Held at Pets at Home, owners can bring their cat or dog in store any time on Saturday or Sunday and get their pet microchipped for the special rate of just £10 (usually £15).

To help owners meet the government deadlines of compulsory microchipping (2015 in Wales and 2016 in England), Pets at Home can microchip at any time during the year.

The store team makes it very easy for pet owners to drop in and make use of the microchipping service. And for the majority of pet owners, the ‘peace of mind’ guarantee is worth the associated cost of £10*.

A spokesperson at Pets at Home said: “As we’re coming up to Christmas we want to avoid any stress or heartache for pets and their owners. Microchipping in its simplest terms means that if your cat or dog is lost or stolen there is a better chance they will be returned to you. 

“It’s an easy, relatively painless service, that we’re already seeing the benefits from with many of our customers telling us stories they’ve heard of missing pets being reunited with their owners.”

The chip is roughly the size of a grain of rice, fits under the pet’s skin and contains information about its owner, making it easier for both to be reunited should they become separated for whatever reason.

At Pets at Home, when a chip is implanted, every pet is given a unique code number, which is then stored along with the owner’s contact details on the UK’s largest registration database, Petlog.**

For more information on microchipping go to www.petsathome.com or contact your local Pets at Home store.

Enquiries

For more information please contact Pets at Home PR team on 0161 236 2277 or prpets@havasww.com
* Or £15 during non-promotional events 

Notes to Editors:

Pets at Home offers great products, tips and advice to keep your pet happy and healthy. From specialist pet food to toys and training aids, there is everything a pet owner could wish for and more.

There are 360 Pets at Home stores across the UK. Log onto www.petsathome.com to find your nearest store and for further information

Pets at Home are proud winners of The Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work for in 2013.

*Pet owners are required to keep Petlog updated of any changes to their details, such as a change of address, which can be done online at www.petlog.org.uk/services/check-owner.aspx

Date: 22 November 2013