Microchipping is compulsory
Following the introduction of the new microchipping law, which came into effect 6 April 2016, making it compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped.
Since then thousands of dogs have been chipped, however, there are many that continue to remain un-chipped.
Dog guardians have a legal responsibility and could face a fine of up to £500 if they do not get their companion chipped.
Dogs need to be protected and kept safe, microchipping gives you the best chance of tracing them and being reunited with them should they get lost, stolen or go missing.
A simple procedure where a veterinary professional will place a small chip (size of a grain of rice) under the animal's skin (between the shoulder blades). Each chip has a unique 15-digit number which can be read with a scanner and identifies your dog, giving you peace of mind.
It is equally important to keep the details on the chip up to date, without current details on the database the task of returning an animal back to their guardian is almost impossible.
If you have not done so already, microchip your dog and regularly keep all the details up to date.
Many veterinary surgeries and animal charities offer low-cost and free microchipping service.
For peace of mind always microchip.
For further reading about the Microchipping Law click here