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Is your dog micro-chipped?

01/04/2016

From 6 April it will become law for all dogs in England over eight weeks of age to have a microchip fitted.


Microchips are a permanent form of identification that cannot be removed or tampered with. They are the size of a grain of rice and are implanted on the back of the dog's neck, under the skin. Vets at all our surgeries can carry out this procedure, which takes less than a minute.


Why is this legislation being introduced?


Chipping offers peace of mind to owners that their pet will be quickly recovered if lost. As recently as the Easter weekend, staff at Orchard were able to reunite a lost dog (brought in by a conscientious member of the public) with its owner because the animal was 'chipped'. Recovering lost and stray dogs is estimated to cost the taxpayer and animal charities an estimated £33 million per year.


Chipping will also enable enforcement officers to track down the owners of vicious or illegal dogs.


What does this mean for me?


It is the keeper's responsibility (including breeders) to ensure the dog is micro-chipped and registered on an authorised commercial database. Thereafter, the keeper is responsible for keeping their contact details up-to-date, as well as any changes of ownership or changes of the animal's name. Failure to do so could result in either a £500 fine or the dog's seizure by an enforcement officer.


If you are unsure whether your dog has a chip, or you need to obtain the number to check your details are up-to-date, then please bring your pet to one of our three surgeries and a member of staff will be happy to scan them and check.


Should your dog require a chip, fitting costs just £15 and animals registered on one of our Pal 4 Life schemes are entitled to be 'chipped' absolutely free!