Each year over 100,000 dogs are found as strays yet only 16% are microchipped! As of the 6th April 2016 all dogs in the UK must have a microchip by law. Microchipping is quick, simple and is the single most effective method of making sure that if the worst ever happens, your dog finds their way home.
Why is microchipping dogs necessary?
- To reduce the number of stray dogs– More than 100, 000 dogs are abandoned or found as strays every year, costing tax payers and animal charities over £57m! This number could be drastically reduced if more dogs could be quickly and easily traced back to their owners.
- To promote responsible dog ownership– By ensuring that all dogs are chipped, keepers of dangerous dogs or those not taking care of their pet can be held responsible.
What is a microchip? How does it work?
A microchip is a small electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice which contains a unique ID number. Once implanted the number is registered to an online database along with the keeper’s contact details. If a stray animal is brought into a shelter or clinic the number can be scanned allowing the owner to be located and the dog to be returned home.
When did microchipping become compulsory?
Under new laws passed in February 2015, as of the 6th April 2016 all dogs over the age of 8 weeks are required to have an up to date microchip.
I’m not sure if my dog has a chip, how can I find out?
Vets practices and most animal shelters will have access to a scanner- pop in for a free nurse consult to have your dog scanned today.
My dog is already chipped, will this new law effect me?
Yes! It is also compulsory for owners to keep their online details up to date. Some 40% of microchipped dogs are unable to be returned due to incorrect or missing data. Details can be changed quickly and easily online, sometimes for a small one off fee. Check yours are up to date today!
How do I update the details registered to my dog’s chip?
- All UK microchips are registered to one of six databases, to change your details in the data base you must contact the data base directly- most have facilities to do this by phone or online.
- To find out which database your details are logged with enter your pet’s chip number on the petlog website. If you don’t have a record of your pet’s microchip number, come and see us at the surgery to have it scanned.
- Once you know the database where your details are stored contact them directly to update your details.
- Occasionally a small one off fee may be charge to help with the maintenance of the database.
What happens if my dog isn’t microchipped after April 2016?
Once the new rules come into effect, if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper will be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days. Those who do not comply will face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.
I’m buying a dog from a breeder- will they chip it or should I?
- Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers.
- All imported dogs will need to have a microchip.
- Breeders will be required to register their own details and these will be recorded against the microchip for the life of the dog, helping to trace puppy farmers.
Do I need to get my cat chipped as well?
Although it isn’t a legal requirement a chip ensures your cat’s safe return if they get lost. The special offer also extends to our feline friends.
How do I get my dog chipped?
Just ask and we will be happy to make you an appointment for a qualified and experienced vet or nurse to implant a microchip.
To make an appointment to have your cat or dog chipped or for more information give us a ring on 01626 367 972 or book an appointment online.