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Micro chipping your dog

Thousands of dogs are lost each year and are never reunited with their owners. By micro chipping your dog you will permanently link your dog to you.

Free dog micro chipping for Eden Residents

Our Community Wardens are fully trained and in conjunction with Dogs Trust we are now able to offer this service to all Eden residents for free.

How does it work?

Micro chipping involves injecting a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, into the scruff of your dog's neck. The microchip has its own unique code which is entered onto Petlog, a nationwide database, and linked to the owners details. If a stray dog is found anywhere within the UK it will be scanned, and if a microchip is present its code can be matched to the Petlog database and the owners successfully identified and the dog returned.

Where can I get my dog micro chipped?

The Community Wardens are still micro-chipping dogs for free with the help of Dog's Trust. However this is currently only available for larger groups of dogs, for example 8 dogs or more. If you would like to arrange an appointment please call Eden District Council contact centre on 01768 817817.

Micro-chipping news in 2014

The following veterinary surgeries are micro-chipping for free with the Dog's Trust scheme:

Frame, Swift and Partners Vets (opens new window) are now also micro-chipping for free with the Dog's Trust. They are running weekly sessions at their practice in Penrith on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Fridays: 1pm to 2pm

Please contact the veterinary centre directly on 01768 862454 to book an appointment or to answer any questions.

Also Paragon Veterinary Group, Newbiggin (opens new window) are micro-chipping for free. Please visit their website for more information and call the surgery to arrange an appointment.

Can I get my cat micro chipped?

The Community Wardens can only microchip dogs. Your local veterinary surgery may be able to assist you in micro chipping alternative pets, including cats.

What if my details change?

Owner details can be easily amended on the Petlog database. Details on how to do this are provided when your dog is micro chipped. However please remember to keep your details up to date!

My dog wears a collar and tag, why should it be micro chipped as well?

By law, all dogs that are on the highway or in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed somewhere on it. Micro chipping does not remove this requirement. Collars however can be maliciously removed or break and the tags can sometimes fall off and be lost. By micro chipping your dog you can ensure you and your dog's details can always be identified.

From 6 April 2016 all dogs must be micro-chipped by law.

If my dog is micro chipped do I still have to pay if it is collected as a stray?

Yes, although the fee is likely to be smaller as it should be quicker to reunite you with your dog. Remember, our Community Wardens still have to collect your dog and keep it safe while we contact you. If we are unable to contact you or the contact details are incorrect then the standard stray dog procedure starts.

For further information or to arrange an appointment:

  • Contact: Community Warden
  • Email: pollution@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 817817
  • Fax: 01768 890732
  • Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
Jess the dog stands while she is being scanned for her mircochip