Microchipping dogs

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

Who can microchip my dog 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.

What happens if I don't get my dog microchipped?

If your dog isn't microchipped and registered on an approved database then you could be served with a notice ordering you to microchip your dog. You'll have 21 days to do so or you may be liable to pay a £500 fine and could face criminal prosecution.

If your contact details change and you don't update your details on the database, then you could also receive a notice and may be liable to pay a fine of £500.

A dog is only exempt from being microchipped if a vet certifies in writing that they cannot be microchipped for health reasons.

Whose responsibility is it to microchip a puppy?

All dog breeders are responsible for ensuring puppies are microchipped before selling them. Puppies cannot be sold until they are eight-weeks-old and must be microchipped at the point of sale.

If you're buying a puppy make sure it's microchipped before taking them home. Take a look at our other advice on buying a healthy happy puppy.

Breeders must also register their details on the database to be recorded against the microchip for the life of the dog. A person is considered to be a 'breeder' if they are the owner of a dog which gives birth, whether or not they carry on a business as a breeder of dogs.

Who do I need to tell if I'm moving house?

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 then to ensure that your latest address and contact details are registered on the database.

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

If your dog is microchipped you should have a confirmation letter or email including an ID or reference number as well as a microchip number.

If you know which database your pet is registered on, you can check your details are up-to-date by logging in online. Or, you can contact the database team over the phone.

To find out if your dog is microchipped, or to find out the microchip number, take him along to your local vet and have him scanned. Once you have the microchip number, you can use a chip checker online to find out who he is registered with.

I'm selling my dog to someone else, what do I do?

Before selling a dog or giving him/her away to a new owner, you must microchip them and it's recommended that you also register the details of the new owner on the database. The new keeper is responsible for ensuring their contact details are registered.

What if my dog's microchip doesn't work properly?

Microchips are designed to cover the dog's lifespan but occasionally they fail to work.

Anyone who finds that an implanted microchip has migrated (moved), failed, or cause an adverse reaction to the dog, must report it to the microchip adverse event reporting scheme run by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

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