It is now a legal requirement that your dog is microchipped, if not you could face up to a £500 fine.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip around the size of a grain of rice, which is encased in glass. The chip is implanted by needle injection, between your pet’s shoulder blades.

Once implanted the microchip can be identified straight away by a hand held scanner that uses radio waves to read the chip. Each microchip has a unique code which is linked to you and your pet’s details on a national database such as Petlog or Anibase.

Why should I microchip my dog?

Other than the fact it will be compulsory to have your dog microchipped there are also other reasons why you should get your pet chipped.

Thousands of lost pets are reunited with their owners every year by having a microchip. If your pet is lost or stolen and taken into a vet, they will immediately scan the animal for a microchip. If your pet has a chip and your contact details are all up to date on the chip, the vet can contact you straight away to let you know where your pet is.

Every year, sadly, many cats and dogs are involved in road traffic accidents, some of which may be fatal. If this happens to your pet and they are taken to a vets or local dog warden they will scan the animal and then will be able to contact you.

From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement that your dog is microchipped. The change will be enforced on April 6th 2016 and any dogs without a microchip can be traced by local authorities. Owners will have 21 days to get their dog chipped but if they do not comply they could face a £500 fine.

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