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Dog microchipping: What you need to know

By law in England all dogs must be microchipped by the time they're 8 weeks old. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog isn’t microchipped.

  • Who can microchip my dog and how much does it cost?

Your dog’s microchip must be fitted by a trained professional, for example a vet. You can ask the following to microchip your dog for free - Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross centres, Dogs Trust. A dog is only exempt if a vet certifies they cannot be microchipped for health reasons.

  • What happens when your dog’s microchipped

Your dog’s microchip is given a number, which will show up whenever your dog is scanned.

The professional who microchips your dog will also take your contact details.

These details are kept alongside the microchip number on a database, so that your dog can be returned to you if it’s lost or stolen.

You must make sure that your dog is registered on one of the following databases.

Animal Tracker Identibase MicroChip Central MicroDogID National Veterinary Data Service Pet Identity UK Petlog Protected Pet Smartchip UK PETtrac

  • Updating your details

The owner is responsible for keeping the dog’s microchip information up to date, for example if you move house.

Contact the database company your dog is registered with to update any of your details.

  • Find out where your dog’s registered

You can check the microchip number if you don’t know which database your dog is registered on.

If you don’t have the microchip number, you can ask any of the following to scan your dog for it: a vet, a dog warden, a dog rescue centre.