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A legal requirement
Dogs’ owners who do not comply
with the new regulations can be
fined up to £500...
Until now, microchipping has been advisable although
not an essential part of dog (and other pet) ownership; a
cheap and easy means of ensuring that should your dog
go missing, you could be quickly reunited.
However changes to the law which came into effect on
6 April 2016
now mean that microchipping dogs is a legal requirement. The aim
is to reduce the burden of stray dogs on local councils and animal
charities, currently estimated at around £33m per year. Compulsory
microchipping will also make the theft of dogs more problematic as
identifying them will be easier.
Under the terms of the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations
2015 all dogs over the age of eight weeks, which are not certified
working dogs, will have to be microchipped. In many cases this means
that breeders will need to ensure that it is done before pups go to
their new homes. Only in exceptional circumstances will vets be able
to certify that a dog is medically unfit to be chipped. Owners of dogs
who do not comply with the new regulations can be fined up
Microchipping involves the implantation of a small identity chip,
about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin between a dog’s
shoulder blades. This is done using a sterile needle and does not
require an anaesthetic. Identity chips are coated in a bio-compatible
glass which is the same as used for human pacemakers, so they
should not cause any reaction.
What happens if my dog goes missing?
All establishments where stray dogs are routinely taken, including
the local council, police and veterinary practices, have access to
electronic scanners which read the identity chip’s unique fifteen digit
number. They then contact the relevant database to match the chip
number with the owner’s contact details, and quickly get in touch to
let the owner know that the dog has been found. This can be done
within minutes but it is therefore essential that once your dog is
chipped, you keep your contact details up to date by informing the
database of any changes.
What about cats?
Cats are not covered by the new legislation which means that the
decision to have them microchipped is still very much one of owners’
choice. However as they have such a tendency to roam (and to lose
collars!) it is certainly something we at Willows feel remains very
What if I can’t remember whether my dog is microchipped
It is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner so if you are
not sure please let usknow.We
can arrange for a member of staff to
scan your dog and check for a workingchip.We
always check for an
existing chip before implanting a new one.
How do I arrange microchipping?
Implanting a microchip is a procedure that can be done in a routine
consultation so please contact reception to book a slot.