Do I have to microchip my dog
From spring 2016, all dogs over 8 weeks in England, Wales & Scotland will be required by law to be microchipped & registered to an approved database.
The only exemption is if a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.
It’s a good idea to be prepared for these changes.
Which other animals can be microchipped?
- Small Furries
Although you don’t have to microchip these animals, it’s a good idea to consider it, in case they go missing.
How does microchipping work?
A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the pet’s shoulder blades. The procedure only takes a few minutes, but lasts for life.
The procedure is no more painful than a standard vaccination. You and your pet’s details are stored in a microchip database along with the microchip’s unique 15 digit code. If a missing pet is found, an animal professional will be able to scan its microchip and identify the pet and owner.
Why is microchipping important?
Helps reunite owners with lost pets.
Helps reduce burden on animal charities and local authorities.
Cuts down on the number of stray cats (large number of cats go missing each year) and dogs.
Helps protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.
When should I microchip my pet?
Dogs should be microchipped from the age of 8 weeks. Breeders usually do this before selling a dog. All reputable rescue centres microchip dogs before release.
Kittens can be microchipped from 5 weeks, consult your vet first.
For other pets consult your vet.
How much does microchipping cost?
In the run up to spring 2016, some charities are offering free microchipping for dogs:
The microchipping procedure costs around £15 to £20 at a private veterinary clinic.
Some pet insurers may offer a discount on insurance if your pet is microchipped (check with your provider).
Keep your microchip details up-to-date.
Inform your microchip database company if you change address or contact details. Visit your database provider online to check or update your details. Your vet can tell you which company you are registered with if you are unsure.
What if I don’t microchip my dog?
From April 2016 you could be served a 21-day notice, then fined up to £500, if you do not microchip your dog.
National search services, like Animal Search UK, can help if your pet is lost.
You will also have to register the details of any new owner if you sell or give a dog away.
It’s still compulsory for dogs to have a collar, including your name, address and phone number.