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The importance of microchipping your dog

Microchipping

As of April 2016, it is the law that all dogs must be fitted with a microchip by the time they are 8 weeks old. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is found not to be microchipped.

In this blog we look at the process and why it’s so important.

A microchip is a small electronic chip around the size of a grain of rice that sits under the skin between the shoulder blades.

A sterile needle is used to implant the chip, and this should cause no more pain than a routine injection.

Each chip has a unique number that can be read by a specialised scanner. The chip holds the details of the dog’s owner and is held on a central database.

A microchip must be fitted by a trained professional.

Remember, its your responsibility to keep your microchip details up to date. Ensure that if you change address or contact details, you contact he database you are registered with to update your details.

Breeders must micro-chip and register the new puppy under their details prior to sale. While a percentage of breeders will automatically update the microchip details when you collect your new puppy, it’s the responsibility of the new owner to ensure the details have been amended.

You can find out more about microchipping on the direct gov website here.

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