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Microchipping your pet

Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.


Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal. It's a legal requirement to have your dog chipped and to keep your details up-to-date, compulsory dog microchipping factsheet (PDF 124KB).


How it works

A tiny microchip is quickly and simply inserted under the animal’s skin, or in the neck for horses. This gives the pet their own unique code.


The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.


Pets are lost without it

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


While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.


Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date.
If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.


It's now a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped in England and Wales. For advice and assistance please visit our page dedicated to microchipping dogs and puppies, this includes information on costs and how to update registered details.

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