From 6th April 2016, all dogs and puppies of 8 weeks and older in England, must be microchipped and registered on an approved database.
- Any dog owners who are found not to have had their dog microchipped and registered on an approved database may be served with a notice.
- If the owner/keeper does not microchip their dog within 21 days of the served notice, then they will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
- These regulations will be enforced by local authorities, police constables and community support officers, NOT veterinary staff.
As the owner/keeper of the dog it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is microchipped and that your contact details such as your home address, phone numbers and email address (if you have one) are kept up to date.
If You Breed A Litter Of Puppies
From 6th April 2016, it will be illegal to sell a puppy that has not been microchipped and registered by the time it is 8 weeks old.
- If you breed a litter of puppies, whether they are planned or accidental, you must have them all microchipped and registered before they go to their new homes.
- You will need to supply a transfer of keeper form to the new owners of the puppy which can be found on the website of database company for the microchips that have been used. For example, if your puppies are microchipped by Castle Vets, you will find the Transfer of Keeper form on the Petlog website
Buying or Rehoming A Puppy or A Dog
If you buy or offer a new home to a puppy or dog, the breeder, rescue centre or previous owner should have had them microchipped. They will supply a Transfer of Keeper form so that you can change the information held on the database into your name and details.
Remember that it will be illegal for a breeder of the litter to sell/rehome a puppy that has not been microchipped and registered on an approved database.
If your dog is already microchipped
I recommend that if your dog is already microchipped, you contact your microchip database company to ensure that your contact details such as your home address, phone number and email address are up to date.
The Chip It Check It website has lots of information for both pet owners and breeders. You can also enter your pet’s microchip number into this website to find out which database your pet’s information is held on.
If your dog has a foreign microchip number, you may need to register him or her on a microchip database in the UK.
Identification (Control of Dogs Order)
Your dog must wear an identity disk or tag on his or her collar or harness while in a public place i.e. anywhere outside your property. Even if your dog is microchipped, this law still applies.
- The tag must have, at the very least, your surname and address on it; a contact telephone number is optional.
- There is a fine of up to £5000 that may be given if your dog is in a public place and not wearing some form of identification. This applies regardless of whether you are with your dog or not.
Who Can Implant A Microchip?
Microchip implantation can be performed by a qualified veterinary nurse or vet during a routine consultation, or by a student veterinary nurse under direct supervision of a qualified nurse or vet.
They can also be implanted by someone who has completed a training course and been assessed and certificated in microchip implantation techniques.
How Much Will A Microchip Cost?
Most Microchip implanters charge between £9.00 and £25.00 to microchip a pet.
The implanter should register your pet’s details with the database for you when your pet is microchipped.
The Microchip database company may offer you an optional extended membership for around £16.00, which will enable you to log in and change your contact details at any time.
Will It Hurt and Is It Safe?
Some animals may feel a slight and temporary discomfort during the procedure, but this is far outweighed by the benefits of having a microchip. Most animals do not react at all.
The material that surrounds the microchip is bio-compatible, which means that it is non toxic and should not do any damage to your pet’s body or cause any kind of allergic reaction.
If you would like to have your pet microchipped or have any questions, then please contact your veterinary practice to make an appointment or talk to them over the phone. You could also read:
Approved Microchip Registration Database companies
There are currently several microchip databases operating in the UK. When a pet is microchipped, registration paperwork is supplied and should provide the information you need to know about the database your pet is registered with.