People who feel concerned that about their dog getting lost may want to think about downloading a new app that helps to find lost pets.
Andrew Ash, president of the British Small Animals Veterinary Association (BSAVA), tried out the Lost Pet Alert by Petlog, which is available through the 'my dog uk' phone app.
The app was created to help improve the chances of owners and their dogs being reunited. It allows the user to upload their Petlog information into the app.
If their dog then goes missing, they can send out an alert, which will then be passed on to dog wardens, welfare organisations and vet clinics that have signed up.
Celia Walsom, Petlog executive, said: "The lost pet alert is a great tool to give pet owners, as it allows them to quickly alert the relevant bodies that their pet is missing and can then concentrate on finding the pet.
"When alerted, local authorities can keep an eye out for a pet coming into them and know to scan them, resulting in quicker and easier reunifications."
At present, Petlog holds details of around 3.9 million microchipped dogs. In 2011, it received over 118,000 calls in relation to lost and found pets.