Microchipping dogs

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From April 6 2016 it will become a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped in England and Wales.

Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can help to change that.

Microchipping your pet gives them the very best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen, and will also help improve your chances of being reunited with your dog should they ever stray.

How it works

A tiny microchip is inserted under your dogs skin, this gives them their own unique code. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.

The microchip can then be scanned by vets and matched to your details, which are kept on a database. While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.

However, Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date, which will be a legal requirement for dogs from 6 April 2016. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you your vet so that they can update you contact details on the database.