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Microchipping your dog

Thousands of dogs become lost each year and are never reunited with their owners. By microchipping your dog you will permanently link your dog to you. The law requires you to have your dog microchipped.

Microchipping for dog breeders and people with young puppies

We advise breeders and people with young puppies 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 a dog involves injecting a tiny microchip into the scruff of a dog's neck. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice, they hold owner's details. Each microchip has its own unique code. The code goes onto one of the nationwide databases. 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.

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