What is microchipping?
A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the dog's skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.
The dog owner’s contact details relating to each number are logged on a central database, so should the dog ever go missing or be stolen it can be scanned by the authorities and returned to its owner swiftly and safely. It’s vital that the owners takes responsibility for updating their details with the database, should their circumstances change.
Why should I get my dog microchipped?
In April 2016, it became compulsory for every dog to have an up-to-date microchip. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped.
While collars and tags can get caught or removed, microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.
Who can microchip my dog?
You can arrange for your local vet to microchip your dog. Prices will vary, but they'll usually charge around £15. Some local animal charities and organisations, as well as some local authorities, also offer microchipping. Some will offer it free of charge.
You can ask the following to microchip your dog for free:
• Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
• Blue Cross Centres
• Dogs Trust
Will it hurt my dog?
No, it does not hurt the dog. No anaesthetic is required, and the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination.
How do I update my details?
The vet or organisation you choose to microchip your dog will use a microchip assigned to a specific database, such as www.petlog.org.uk or www.anibase.com. You must contact them to ensure that your latest address and contact details are registered on the database. You may have to pay a fee every time you change your contact details on the database. Most databases offer a premium service which often works out cheaper over the course of your dog's life. Check with your provider for more details.
If you’ve bought a dog from someone you can check the microchip number if you do not know which database your dog is registered on. https://www.check-a-chip.co.uk/