Chip events to help protect our pooches

Take advantage of dog chipping events across Midlothian
Take advantage of dog chipping events across Midlothian

As many dog owners know, the microchipping of their beloved best friend will become a legal requirement from April 6 this year.

Midlothian Council has teamed up with the Dogs Trust to provide free microchipping of dogs. The events are being held at four separate venues across Midlothian.

These are on today (Wednesday, February 10) from 10am-2pm, at Mayfield Bowling Pavilion (next to Mayfield Leisure Centre), and tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am-2pm, at Ladywood Leisure Centre, Penicuik. (This event has been organised by Ladywood Leisure.)

The next events will be on Tuesday, March 29, from 10am-2pm, at King’s Park, Dalkeith, and on Thursday, March 31, from 9am-1pm, at Vogrie Country Park.

A Midlothian Council spokesman said: “We want to ensure that all dog owners in Midlothian have the opportunity to have their pets microchipped free of charge ahead of the introduction of compulsory microchipping and are delighted to be working alongside the Dogs Trust to offer these free events.”

A “chip” – about the size of a long grain of rice – is injected under the skin of the dog, between the shoulder blades. This chip carries a unique number that allows the dog to be traced to its owner when scanned. It is important that you keep the microchip details up-to-date.

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