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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, free of charge at events organised in conjunction with the Dogs Trust. If you would like more information regarding this service please contact the Community Warden.

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 due to 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 which is entered onto one of the nationwide databases, 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 relevant database and the owners 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 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 microchip sticker can be placed as a reminder 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. However 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 however 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 micro-chipped 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. 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 we will follow the standard procedure for stray dogs.

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