Where can I find more information?

The Dogs Trust website holds a range of information on the new microchipping rules and how to find centres offering free microchipping. The British Veterinary Association has a range of information on microchipping and your responsibilities.[RJ(1] 

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Do I have to microchip old dogs?

The law states that “microchipping doesn’t have to happen as long as a veterinary surgeon certifies, on a form approved by the secretary of state, that the dog shouldn’t be microchipped for reasons of the animal’s health”. This means that a dog needs to be checked by a vet to determine whether it is fit enough to be microchipped or not and is entirely at the vets’ discretion. Its age will not automatically disqualify it from the microchipping scheme.

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Does microchipping replace the existing collar and tag law?

Any adverse effects such as microchip failure, microchip migration or reactions to implantation should be reported to Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s Microchip Adverse Event Reporting Scheme. The microchip should then be replaced.

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How are the owners traced? Is it safe?

When a pet is found, the animal professional (e.g. vet or a dog warden) will scan for a microchip. The unique code will be read, and contact will be made with the database the pet is registered with. The staff at the database will perform security checks before releasing any contact details.

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What happens if my dog is registered and I lose the registration documents?

The microchip number will be on the confirmation letter or email sent by the microchipping database you chose to register with. However, if these have been misplaced then the easiest way of recovering your details is to contact the vet or company who carried out the procedure as they should have a record of the microchip number. The other option is to take your dog into the vets or an animal shelter and have the microchip scanned.

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