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All dogs to be microchipped

The Government has announced plans for compulsory microchipping of dogs, with owners being given three years to comply.

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Will it hurt my dog and how much does it cost?

The scanner produces low frequency radio waves allowing the chip to be read

In the UK the microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is carried out by a suitably trained person. It is not carried out under anesthetic. Once implanted correctly the microchip is unlikely to fail and so provides lifelong permanent identification.

Microchipping just feels like a small pinch or mild sting – akin to a minor injection - and the dog does not feel the chip at all after it has been inserted.

Currently, it costs between £20-£30 to have your dog microchipped at the vet.

For more information visit The Dog's Trust.

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