Microchipping Your Pets

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 – new laws that were made in February 2015 – it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips from 6 April 2016.

Dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers’ contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date. The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.

Once the new rules come into effect, if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the notice.

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.

It is also very important to consider microchipping your cats too, this is because cats are known for strolling away from their home and they could get lost on the way! a microchip would help reunite you and your pet.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique number. This number is registered on a national database along with name, address and contact details for the owner.

It is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades like an injection and is normally fairly painfree.

If your pet needs microchipping, or you need advice on how to update your details please contact the surgery on 01462 895579.

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