Dog Microchipping - Legal Requirement From April 2016
In April 2016, it will become a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped.
Currently, 36% of dogs registered at AlphaPet remain without a microchip.
It really doesn’t cost a lot to become compliant with the forthcoming legislation - just £15 (or £10.50 if you are a member of the AlphaPet Pet Health Club).
There are really good reasons why all pets (not just dogs) should be microchipped. It can mean the difference between being lost and found. We recently had a stray dog brought in to us that had been stolen in Kent 4 years ago, but the microchip allowed us to reunite her with her very happy owner!
The procedure is very simple. One of our vets will inject a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) just under the skin between the shoulder blades.
The chip number, which can be read by a microchip scanner, is then entered onto an international database.
The new law also requires every dog owner to ensure that their contact details are up to date so that if your pet is found, they can be reunited with you. You can very easily check that your pet’s details are up to date at the Petlog website: www.petlog.org.uk