Every animal that travels internationally must have a microchip. But how do you register your rescue dog's microchip once he has arrived home?
The microchip number will be shown on the import permit for your pet, the vaccine booklet, and the rabies titer test (if applicable).
In many countries, including the UK, it is a legal requirement. Not only that, it can often be the only way to reunite you with your pet if he goes missing. Rescued dogs are a big flight risk due to their previous histories, and generally, the experience of traveling so far can unsettle them enough to make them go into "flight or fight mode". Registering your adopted dog's microchip as soon as your dog arrives could save you lots of time, money, and heartache in the future.
We always recommend reaching out to your vets at your initial appointment to see what database they currently recommend. In the UK, PetLog is the most popular and user-friendly system we have found. Simply head over to www.petlog.org.uk and select the "I want to record my pet's Overseas Microchip". The total cost for the transfer is £17 for the life of your dog or cat.