Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are sadly never reunited with their owners. Microchipping can change that. It gives your pets the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
Most pets can be microchipped and we recommend this for cats, dogs and rabbits. The procedure is simple and relatively pain free as the video below demonstrates.
Microchipping and the law
On 6 April 2016 it become law for all dogs in the UK to have a microchip. It is your responsibility to ensure your dog is microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases. It is also your responsibility to keep contact details up-to-date on the databases. Key facts about the law change are highlighted below:
- All dogs must be microchipped and registered by the time they are 8 weeks old
- If you are served with a notice requiring you to have your dog chipped, you will have 21 days to comply
- If you do not microchip your dog within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500
- If you do not update your details within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500