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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.

Microchipping dogs

It's now a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped in England and Wales.

Please make sure that you have your dog microchipped. For more information about microchipping your dog, read our compulsory dog microchipping factsheet (PDF 124KB).

Where to go and how much does it cost?

You can arrange for your local vet to microchip your dog, prices will vary however 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 for free, however prices will again vary.

How can I find out if my dog is microchipped or the details are up to date?

To find out if your dog is microchipped, or to find out the microchip number, simply take them along to your local vet and have then scanned.

If your dog does have a chip you can search the number online to make sure all the information is up to date.