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Pet microchip

What is microchipping?

Microchipping your pet gives you a reliable and permanent way of identifying your animal if it goes missing. Microchipping works by harmlessly inserting a tiny chip under your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades, which remains active for up to 20 years. Each microchip contains its own identification number that is registered to your pet and then stored along with your contact details in a national database. This way, whenever a pet is found, it can be scanned and matched to its owner’s details.

It is essential to keep your contact details up-to-date for microchipping to be effective.

The law

It is a legal requirement as of 6th April 2016 that all dogs will need to have an implant – with owners who ignore the new rules facing prosecution and a £500 fine. Cats are still exempt from the law.

How much does it cost?

Most vets charge for microchipping. However, the Dogs Trust charity provides free dog microchipping at different events across the UK, and has committed to providing free microchips for all unchipped dogs in England.

The content of these pages is for general information only. It does not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so. Veterinary advice should always be sought before applying this or any other information to any facts and circumstances concerning each individual pet.

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