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Microchipping Matters

From April 6th 2016 it will be 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.

If your dog is taken to the pound by the dog warden this fine would be on top of the kennel and release fees that the local council charge- a hefty fee, when for a small fee now you could avoid these costs.

Permanent identification of dogs through microchipping has many benefits, including:

  • Helping to reunite strays with their owners
  • Helping to tackle puppy farming
  • Encouraging responsible ownership

What is microchipping?

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The microchipping process is quick and no more painful than any other injection.

Every microchip has its own 15 digit number which is linked on a central database to all your pet's personal details, including name, address, contact numbers and any other information that may be relevant. The chips we use are Identichip

What is the deadline for having my dog microchipped?

It will be a legal requirement for all dogs and puppies over 8 weeks of age to be microchipped and registered on an approved database from 6th April 2016.

How much does it cost to microchip my dog?

As its the time of the year when we think about showing those we love that we care- our Valentines gift is microchips for £8 (normally £15) offer ends end March 2016

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 failure to do so might result in a fine. To change your details, you must contact the appropriate database (check  your pet’s microchipping paperwork).

What if I don't know my pet's microchip number and/or the microchip database it is registered on?

If you do not have a record of your pet's microchip, simply bring them in to any clinic and we will be pleased to scan for the chip. We recommend doing this whenever you come to the clinic anyway- our 'Check the Chip' campaign is ongoing. Once you have the microchip number you can use the Chip Checker on the Identibase Homepage to find out which database your pet is registered on along with contact details to get in touch with them.

Does my dog still 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. Its the law and the fines are even bigger!

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