NEW MICROCHIP LAW FOR DOGS
In England, all dogs will need
to be microchipped by law from 6 April 2016.
Dog owners will need to:
· Have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases
· Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away
· Keep their contact details up-to-date on the databases
After 6 April 2016 owners of dogs in England that come to the attention of the police or local authorities will be scanned. Those found without a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply. If they fail to chip their dog, owners will face a fine of up to £500.
Microchipping is a simple safe and quick procedure. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and will last a lifetime.
Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet’s details are stored in a microchip database along with the microchip’s unique 15-digit code.
When a missing pet is found, an animal professional will scan the pet revealing the microchip’s unique code, and contact the microchip database your pet is registered with. The database will then be able to give your details (after some security checks) to the animal professional, so that your pet can then be reunited with you.
WHY SHOULD I GET MY PET MICROCHIPPED?
1. Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen. Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners, but microchipping can change that. The first thing vet clinics, rescue centres or the police will do with a stray pet is to scan it for a microchip.
2. If your pet is involved in an accident, vets will always administer basic first aid but before more complex treatment can be given the owner must be found to give consent. A microchip will allow vets to contact you so that any treatment needed can be carried out without delay. Some animal rescue centres re-home strays after one week if they are not reclaimed. A microchip will ensure that rescue centres are immediately aware that your pet has a concerned owner and is not a stray.
3. When you are reunited with your pet, a microchip can assist with proof of ownership. Address details are registered on microchip databases. If you move house or re-home your pet to another person then the existing chip details will need to be updated to reflect this. Chip details do not automatically update, and you must notify the database company. In some cases a small fee is charged to do this. It is always worth registering as many contact details as possible on a microchip, including a mobile and email address that may be unlikely to change even if your address does.
If you would like to enquire about getting your pet Microchipped, please contact us on where we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have and book you an appointment.