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The New law on microchipping dogs

With effect from 6th April 2016 all dogs in England will be legally required to be microchipped and their details registered on one of the authorised databases such as Petlog.

How the system will work and what you need to do

  • Puppies must be chipped before 8 weeks of age and the breeder must be the first registered keeper

·         If you have not already had your dog microchipped you can easily get this done by your vet and many organisations  


When do I need to change my dog’s details on the database?

·         When ownership changes

·         If you move house

·         If you change your phone number

·         If your dog dies


What happens if I don’t chip my dog?

  • Police and local authority employees will be issued with microchip reader scanners so that instant enforcement of the law can be carried out
  • You may be served a notice by the police or local authority requiring chipping within 21days. You can be fined up to £500 and your dog seized and microchipped at the owner’s expense

Cats and micro-chipping

Although it is not becoming compulsory to microchip cats, vets and other organisations have many cats handed in as strays. Without a microchip, it is difficult to locate the owner easily and get the pet back home where they belong.


Further information

For more information on the regulations, please visit:


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