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Microchipping

As of the 6th of April 2016 in England microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs over 8 weeks old *. Any owners whose dogs are discovered not to be microchipped will be given an opportunity to rectify this. However, if they fail to get their dog microchipped they may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.

Jim Bell - Tilly's PupsBoth Scotland and Wales are also making microchipping compulsory in spring 2016. In Northern Ireland microchipping is already compulsory as part of the dog licensing legislation.

*This does not include dogs that have been certified by the vet under health reasons or puppies which have had their tails docked. Puppies with docked tails have until they are 3 months in which to get microchipped.

Before you get your dog microchipped it is beneficial to research the different microchipping databases available where you need to register them, as different databases attract different costs. The initial registration fee is usually covered by the payment towards the implanter, if there is any charge at all. However, charges may be required if there is a change of ownership of the dog with many microchip databases offering a premium cost to cover all charges during the lifetime of the dog or whilst it remains in your ownership.

It is important to remember that breeders will be required to microchip puppies before they are rehomed meaning a microchip of a dog may contain the details of both the breeder and the new owner.

Making changes to data stored on the microchip database is easy and can be done online, over the telephone or by post depending upon the database your pet is registered with.

The Dogs Trust alongside other organisations are offering free microchipping at microchipping events at their centres. For a list of centres offering free microchipping and more information on the changes please check the chipmydog.com website.

  • UK Microchip Databases
  • Anibase
  • PetIdentity UK
  • PetLog
  • Pet Protect
  • Pettrac
  • Smarttrac

For more information on microchipping in your country please use the following links:

*This does not include dogs that have been certified by the vet under health reasons or puppies which have had their tails docked. Puppies with docked tails have until they are 3 months in which to get microchipped.

 

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