New Legal Requirement to Microchip Dogs

Mandatory Micro-chipping

We’re a nation of animal lovers, so if you have a companion animal please ensure you do all you can to help protect them.

To safeguard your pet from becoming lost or stolen and to give them the best chance of being identified and returned to you, please microchip them.

As from April 6, 2016 it will be a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks old to be micro-chipped.

Those who choose not to microchip could be guilty of a criminal offence and face a fine of £500.

Micro-chipping is a simple process

The microchip is small (the size of a grain of rice), which is injected into the back of the dogs neck. This chip gives the animal a unique code which can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details.

Keeping the contact details on the national database up to date is vital, especially if you move.

Contact your local veterinary practitioner for further information about microchipping.

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