Microchipping Dogs - The Legal Requirements
Since April 6th 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped. If your dog is found to not have a microchip, you could face a fine of up to £500.
Permanent identification of dogs through microchipping has many benefits, including:
- Helping to reunite strays with their owners
- Helping to tackle puppy farming
- Encouraging responsible ownership
What is microchipping?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The microchipping process is quick and no more painful than any other injection.
Every microchip has its own 15 digit number which is linked on a central database to all your pet's personal details, including name, address, contact numbers and any other information that may be relevant.
What is the deadline for having my dog microchipped?
It is a legal requirement for all dogs and puppies over 8 weeks of age to be microchipped and registered on an approved database. So all new puppies purchased, should already be microchipped.
How much does it cost to microchip my dog?
It costs just £16 to microchip your dog, and it can be done at any AlphaPet clinic
Can I be fined if my dog’s microchip details aren’t up to date?
Yes. It is vital that you keep your pet’s microchip details up to date as failure to do so might result in a fine. To change your details, you must contact the appropriate database (contact details should be with your dog’s microchipping paperwork).
What if I don't know my pet's microchip number and/or the microchip database it is registered on?
If you do not have a record of your pet's microchip, simply bring them along to AlphaPet and ask for the chip to be scanned. Once you have the microchip number you can use the Chip Checker on the Anibase Homepage to find out which database your pet is registered on along with contact details to get in touch with them.
Does my dog have to wear a collar and id tag if they are microchipped?
Yes they must still wear an identification tag when in public places - even if they are microchipped. By law, any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Failure to do so could result in an even bigger fine of £5,000!
If you have any questions regarding microchipping your dog, please contact your local AlphaPet Clinic for more information.