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Compulsory microchipping - what do I need to know?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

As you may already know, from April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped.

The Compulsory Microchipping Act will be enforced by government officials such as police constables, local authorities and community support officers. If your dog is found to not have a microchip, you could face a fine of up to £500.

What is microchipping?

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected into the loose skin of your pet's neck where it sits permanently. The microchipping process is quick and no more painful than a vaccination.

Every microchip has its own 15 digit number which holds all your pet's personal details, including name, address, contact numbers and any other information that may be relevant. These details are stored in an approved database so that your pet can be identified if they become lost.

What is the deadline for having my dog microchipped?

It will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped from 6th April 2016. This means that all puppies must be chipped and registered on an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.

How much does it cost to microchip my dog?

It costs just £10 to microchip your dog, which can be performed by a vet or a nurse at any of our Highcroft surgeries.

We also offer puppy starter packages that include microchipping, vaccinations and much more, saving you money. Contact your local surgery to book an appointment.

Can I be fined if my dog’s microchip details aren’t up to date?

Yes. It is vital that you keep your pet’s microchip details up to date as this will also result in a fine if they are incorrect. To change your details, you must contact the appropriate database (contact details should be with your puppy’s microchipping paperwork).

Does my dog have to wear a collar and id tag if they are microchipped?

Yes they must still wear an identification tag when in public places - even if they are microchipped. The ‘Control of Dogs Order 1992’ mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Failure to do so could result in an even bigger fine of £5,000!

If you have any questions regarding microchipping your dog, please contact your local surgery for more information. Alternatively, visit the Pet Log website. 


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