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Is Your Dog Microchipped?

Starting from April 6th 2016, it will become a legal requirement that your dog has been microchipped.

If you fail to have your dog microchipped you could face a £500 fine or even prosecution.

So what do you need to know to get ready for the upcoming law change?

We have put together this quick guide covering all the important things you need to know, so that you are ready for the change in legislation in just a few months time.

A microchip is a small electronic device that is implanted under the dogs skin and contains a unique number that is scanable. (You may have seen your vet scan your dog’s neck before)
The number on this chip is linked to a pet tracking service in which you store your address, contact number and email address. The reason behind this is so that if your dog is lost, a quick scan of the neck will help reunite you with them.

It is not a costly procedure, some local authorities are offering free microchipping, where as the national average is between £10-£20.

It’s important to remember that if your address, telephone number or email address change, you must update your details with your registered service. Keeping your dog’s information up-to-date is vital.

Having your dog microchipped is essential to ensure, should your dog be lost or stolen, that if can be successfully and quickly reunited with you.

Compulsory microchipping was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2012 and has been in affect ever since. Scotland will not be making this compulsory, but it will be a legal requirement in England, so make sure you get your dog chipped before April.

If you have questions or concerns you can contact your vet, the Dogs Trust or get in touch with our vet, who will be able to offer you some advice.

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