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Dog Microchipping

Microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray, the chances of being reunited with them will significantly increase.

A small electronic device, the size of a grain of rice, each 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.

Using a specially designed implanting device, the microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the dog's skin between the shoulder blades. It doesn't hurt the dog and no anaesthetic is required. The procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination.

From 6 April 2016 any dog over eight weeks old, which is not a certified working dog, will have to be microchipped with an approved microchip. The details of the dog's keeper must be registered on a suitable approved database so that an authorised person may obtain these details. In most cases the keeper is defined as the person with whom the dog normally resides.

From that date no dog's ownership may be transferred unless the dog is already microchipped. Unless the previous keeper has already done so, the new keeper must register their details with an approved database.

Police officers, certain PCSOs and local authority officers will have powers to seize a dog to check that it is microchipped. If it is found not to be microchipped or with incorrect details stored on the database the officer will serve a notice requiring you to get this rectified within 21 days. Failure to comply with a notice could lead to a level two fine (currently up to £500).

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.

Additional information 

Petlog - for information on microchipping, the law and more.

Contact us 

Contact us to request an appointment for micro chipping your dog. Current charges for this service are available by calling 01253 891000.  There are also other places where dogs can be microchipped, including vet surgeries and animal charities.

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