Dog microchipping

From 6 April 2016 it will be a legal requirement in England that all dogs by the time they are 8 weeks of age are microchipped and registered with their keepers contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must also ensure that a dog's microchip contact details are kept up to date. Key points that dog owners and breeders must be aware of:

  • the only exemption from the requirement to microchip a dog is where a vet has certified in writing that the dog is unfit to be microchipped
  • anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers
  • if an owner changes their details, moves house or changes contact number they must make sure details are updated on the database
  • if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, the dog's keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days, and may face prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply.

Free Microchipping available at some charities -

Alternatively speak to your local vet, as they will be able to advise you of their charge for micro chipping