Microchipping your dog
Thousands of dogs are lost each year and are never reunited with their owners. By microchipping your dog you will permanently link your dog to you. From 6 April 2016, this is now a legal requirement.
Free dog microchipping for Eden residents
Within Eden, our Community Wardens offer this service to residents. This service is free of charge at events organised in conjunction with the Dogs Trust.
Microchipping for dog breeders and people with young puppies
Breeders and people with young puppies are advised to go to their vet to have their animals microchipped. This is because of the risk of bringing puppies into contact with diseases before their vaccinations.
How does microchipping work?
Microchipping 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. The code is entered onto one of the nationwide databases. It is linked to the owner's details. If a stray dog is found anywhere within the UK it will be scanned. If a microchip is present, its code can be matched to the relevant database. The owner is successfully identified and the dog returned.
What do I need to bring with me to get my dog microchipped?
If you attend a microchipping session please bring with you:
- The owner's 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 puppy, please bring proof of vaccinations
- You can bring along the veterinary card where a microchip sticker can be placed as a record of the chip number
Can I get my cat microchipped?
Your local veterinary surgery will be able to assist you in microchipping other pets, including cats.
What if my details change?
Owner details can be easily amended on the database. Details on how to do this are provided when your dog is microchipped. Please remember to keep your details up to date!
My dog wears a collar and tag, why should it be microchipped 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. Microchipping does not remove this requirement. Collars can be maliciously removed or break and the tags can sometimes fall off and be lost. By microchipping your dog you can ensure you and your dog's details can always be identified.
All dogs must now be microchipped by law.
If my dog is microchipped 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. 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, we will follow the standard procedure for stray dogs.
When a stray dog which has no microchip is returned to an owner they may be given the option of the Community Warden chipping their dog on the spot or sent a Notice to Microchip.