Worrying number of owners do not update microchips
Nearly 50 per cent of dog owners do not update their dog's microchip every time they move house, according to a Dogs Trust survey. On top of this, just over a quarter said their pet had strayed from home within a week of a house move.
Updating microchips appears to be a worryingly low priority during property moves. Sorting out digital TV contracts was ranked as a higher priority, while only nine per cent of the dog owners who responded to the survey prioritised updating their dog's microchip after moving house.
Of those who did not update the microchip, just under a quarter (24 per cent) said they did not know where or how to update it, 15 per cent said they did not have time and five per cent admitted they couldn't be bothered.
The survey highlighted some other concerning gaps in owner knowledge - namely, 57 per cent were not aware that microchipping will become a legal requirement next year.
Furthermore, over 70 per cent of owners who took part were unaware that they have only seven days to claim a missing dog from the local authority before they are rehomed or euthanised.
Dogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder, said: "Losing a dog is an extremely upsetting time for both dog and dog owner, incorrect address details can only intensify an already very stressful moment.
"We encourage all dog owners who have recently moved to update their dogs’ microchip details; you can do it online, by telephone or by post."