Free microchipping and welfare checks for dogs

Dog owners are being encouraged to take advantage of free microchipping, advice and welfare checks for their pets.

Your much-loved pooch can be microchipped on the spot for free thanks to Dogs Trust, in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council.

The drop-in event will take place between midday and 3pm on Monday 22 October at Centre4, 17A Wooton Road, Grimsby.

Microchipping is a permanent method of identifying dogs and was made a legal requirement in April 2016.

The Dogs Trust community event will see a veterinary nurse carry out basic health checks including nail clipping and checking eyes, ears, teeth and weight, to make sure your dog is happy, fit and healthy.

The team will also provide advice on diet, training and neutering.

Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Hazel Chase, said: “I nominated Dogs Trust as my chosen charity for the year so I am proud to support this free event and urge pet owners to go along.

“No appointment is needed. You can simply drop-in to speak with a veterinary nurse and put any of your worries to rest.”

Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “I would encourage dog owners to come along to this free event. Pet owners should take advantage of it.

“Getting your dog microchipped will give you peace of mind that should your dog go missing, it is far more likely to be returned.”

Each owner will be provided with a responsible dog ownership pack, including handy tips and useful resources for you to continue to use at home.

There will also be free goodie bags available for puppy owners and those who are thinking of getting a puppy.

Extra goodie packs will be available for those wanting to learn how to stay healthy with their dog.

Advice will also be given about changing your microchip details should it be needed.

All breeds of dogs and puppies are welcome, but Dogs Trust will not chip active hunting hounds or litters of puppies.

Puppies under six months old should be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccinations must be brought along to the event.

If your puppy has recently been vaccinated, they must be carried for the 10 days following their final vaccination.

Dogs over six months old do not require proof of vaccination.

Please keep your dog on a lead when attending the event.

If you are unable to attend the event, please telephone (01472) 326300 where an animal welfare officer can make an appointment to chip your dog at an alternative date and time.

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