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Microchipping of dogs

The Microchipping Of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015

Under new legislation, all dog owners should be aware that compulsory dog microchipping comes into force on 6 April 2016. This applies to all dogs over the age of eight weeks.

A microchip helps us reunite you with your lost dog faster. If you already have your dog microchipped, make sure the details on your dog's chip are up to date. You will need to contact the microchipping company to update your details.

Why should you microchip your dog?

Having your dog microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet's chances of getting home should it become lost. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a permanent form of identifying your dog. One of the first things our Dog Wardens will check for when they find a stray dog is a microchip, within minutes we could be contacting you to let you know we have found your dog, meaning a less stressful time for owner and pet.

How does it work?

A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted under your dog's loose skin, on the back of the neck. Each microchip has a unique code. The microchip can be scanned by a dog warden or vet who can then access the contact information on the microchip and reunite you with your dog.

You must keep your details up-to-date. Having the microchip implanted is a great way to get your dog reunited should it become lost or stolen, but only if you keep the telephone number and address up to date so you can be contacted. If you move house or change your phone number, you will need to contact the microchipping database (whose details will be on the paperwork given to you when you have your dog microchipped). Some companies allow you to do this online for a small fee.

If you decide to rehome your dog, it is your responsibly to ensure that the new owners change the contact details on the microchip. Otherwise if the dog goes missing, the dog warden will contact you instead of the new owner.

If you don’t comply with this regulation it may result in a twenty one day notice being issued to have either the dog microchipped or the details updated. Failure to comply with the notice could result in further action with a fine of up to £500.

 

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