As of 6th May 2016 all dogs and puppies from 8 weeks of age in the UK are required by law to be microchipped and their owners details, the animals description plus any medical conditions or special requirements registered on an authorised database. In addition to this dog owners must register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away and they must keep their contact details up to date. Anyone found not to have their dog chipped will have 21 days to do so. Thereafter, they could face a criminal prosecution and a £500 fine. Remember it is also law for your dog to be wearing a collar and a tag with their owners name, address and telephone number on too.
Microchipping provides a swift, safe and permanent means of accurate identification. Any vet, animal warden or police station in the UK or Europe will be able to scan the microchip number, access the database and enable a swift renuion.
Whats involved: When a dog is microchipped, a tiny chip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the loose skin on the back of its neck, giving it a unique 15-digit code.
If a dog is lost or gets stolen and is picked up by a council or a dog shelter, the microchip can be scanned and matched to contact details stored on a database.