Microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray, the chances of being reunited with them will significantly increase.
A microchip is a small electronic device, the size of a grain of rice. Each chip 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.
If you feel your dog is too old or sick to undergo the procedure, it’s important you raise this with your vet so they can issue an exemption certificate. Failure to get a certificate may result in a fine.