It is a requirement of UK law that all dogs are microchipped. Having a microchip implanted is a quick, easy and safe procedure. which can be done during a normal veterinary consultation. Being microchipped will make it easier for your dog to be reunited with you if they go missing.
Legally, all puppies should have a microchip implanted by 8 weeks of age.
This means that any puppy you purchase should have had a microchip implanted whilst still with the breeder.
You can ask your vet to check the microchip is present and working at your puppy's first vet visit.
If your dog has no microchip your vet can implant one for you.
Some charities will microchip your dog free of charge or at a reduced fee.
Your dog’s microchip is given an individual chip number, which will show up whenever your dog is scanned.
Your contact details are stored alongside the microchip number on a database so that your dog can be returned to you if it’s lost or stolen.
You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is found not to have a microchip.
What happens when my dog is microchipped?
The microchip is implanted via a needle like any other injection. The microchip is a very small device about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted under your dog's skin, around the scruff of the neck between their shoulder blades.
Your dog’s individual microchip number is registered on one of the government approved databases.
It is your responsibility to keep your dog’s microchip information up to date, for example if you move house or change phone number.
Is there any risk?
Microchipping is a quick procedure and extremely safe but as it does involve a fairly big needle so is likely to be a little uncomfortable for a couple of seconds. However, many dogs don’t even notice at all if they're given a treat to eat at the same time!
If my dog is microchipped do they also need to wear a collar and ID tag?
Your dog must wear a collar and tag with your name and address when in a public place.
In 1992 it was made a legal requirement that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.
All this information helps ensure your dog is reunited with you as quickly as possible!