Microchipping is now compulsory for all dog owners in the UK.
Microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray, the chances of being reunited with him will significantly increase.
Whilst every dog owner is legally obliged to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and tag, these can easily get lost or can be removed if a dog is stolen.
A microchip is permanent.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small electronic device, the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and then entered onto the national database alongside the owner’s details.
How and where is the microchip implanted?
Using a specially designed implanting device, the microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the dog’s skin between the shoulder blades.
Does it hurt?
No, it does not hurt the dog. No anaesthetic is required and the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination.
How are the owners traced?
If a stray dog is found to have a microchip, the local authority, vet practice or animal welfare organisation will contact the national 24 hour database to find the owner’s details. The owner can then be contacted and reunited with their dog.
Please ensure that you keep your contact details updated!
Where can I get my dog microchipped?
Most veterinary practices in the UK can microchip your dog, along with a growing number of local authorities and animal welfare groups.
How much will it cost?
Dogs Trust provides a microchipping service at our Rehoming Centres for free by appointment. To find your nearest centre please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk or to find out about free microchipping events in your local area please visit: www.chipmydog.org.uk
You can expect to pay £15-£30 to have your dog microchipped at the vets.
Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t get my dog microchipped?
All dogs aged 8 weeks and over must now be microchipped (as of 6th April 2016).
To be considered as microchipped, a microchip must have been implanted into your dog and your details recorded on an approved database.
If your dog does not have a microchip, or if your current details are not recorded on an approved database, you may be served a notice giving you 21 days to comply.
If you do not comply with the notice, you could face a fine of up to £500 on conviction.
Alternatively an enforcer, such as a dog warden, may seize your dog, microchip it and register the details and then recover the cost from you.
This information has been provided by the Dogs Trust. To find out more, visit: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/microchipping/