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Is 8 weeks old too young to microchip puppies?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It is now a legal requirement for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped. 

If your dog is found to not have a microchip, you could face a fine of up to £500.

You may have seen in the news recently there has been some concern about microchipping being dangerous in young puppies. 

Vet, Jenny Hamilton-ible, explains: “The new law states that all dogs over the age of 8 weeks old must be microchipped. The young age has caused some concern amongst both pet owners and veterinary professionals; however, if there is a medical reason or we believe the puppy shouldn’t be microchipped yet due to their small size, we can issue an exemption certificate. This will allow you to wait until a later date without the risk of incurring a fine.”

The exemption certificate will only be issued in exceptional circumstances. As a practice we still recommend that all dogs be microchipped in compliance with the new law.

For more information about compulsory microchipping, please read our blog post ‘Compulsory microchipping – what do I need to know?’ 

It costs only £10 to microchip your dog at Highcroft so book an appointment now with one of our vets or nurses. 


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