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Compulsory microchipping of dogs

From 6 April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. If your dog is not currently microchipped, then you'll need to get them microchipped and registered by the 6 April. Under the new legislation, failure to do this will mean that the 'keepers' of unmicrochipped dogs will be served a 21 day notice to make sure the dogs are chipped and a fine of £500 if they remain unchipped after this period. 

With these changes coming in shortly and with awareness of the new law relatively low (in our experience), we thought we'd try and highlight some of the reliable sources of information to help you find out all you need to know before the big day. 

  1. For the background to the compulsory microchipping law & the current state of play, this article from the Kennel Club has a good summary of the key facts
  2. Why is microchipping important and what welfare benefits does it have? This article from Dogs Trust covers this quite nicely. 
  3. Got a question about compulsory microchipping? These FAQs from Petlog might help. 

‚ÄčIt's also really important to make sure your contact details are up to date - if you've moved home recently or had a change of mobile number, contact the database where your pets microchip was first registered to update your details. It's pointless to have your pet microchipped with out dated contact details - it makes reuniting you and your lost pet that much more difficult. 

Hopefully this will point you in the right direction and if your dog is not microchipped, make sure you book in at your local vets to get it done before 6 April 2016.

Have a good weekend everyone. 

Chris the Vet. 




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