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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 Eden residents free of charge.

Where can I get my dog micro chipped?

In November and December two free events were held in partnership with the Dog's Trust. Over 50 dogs were micro chipped.

Next dog micro chipping event in Eden

The next dog micro chipping event will be on:

  • Wednesday 23 March 2016 at the Evergreen Hall, Penrith, CA11 7LU. The session will be open between 11am and finish at 3pm. No need to book, please just come along. Pay and display car parking is next to the hall.

More events will be added throughout the year.

Micro chipping for dog breeders and people with young puppies

Breeders and people with young puppies are advised to go their vet to have their animals micro chipped due to the risk of bringing puppies into contact with diseases before their vaccinations.

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.

What do I need to bring with me to get my dog micro chipped?

If you attend a micro chipping session please bring with you:

  • The owners full name and address, including post code
  • At least one telephone number, preferably two including a mobile telephone number
  • Details about the dog such as its breed and if it has been neutered
  • If the dog requires daily medication or has any health conditions there is a small space where you can briefly explain what medication it may need
  • If it is a young puppy please bring proof of vaccinations
  • You can bring along the veterinary card where a micro chip sticker can be placed as a reminder of the chip number.

Can I get my cat micro chipped?

Your local veterinary surgery will be able to assist you in micro chipping other 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 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.

When a stray dog is returned to an owner they are advised of the new micro chipping legislation and informed of the free service.

For further information or to arrange an appointment:

  • Contact: Community Warden
  • Email: pollution@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 212490
  • 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

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