Microchips are available for a wide variety of animals, including dogs, cats, exotics, farm and equine. Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of reunification, in the event that is is stolen or lost. Microchipping is only effective if you keep your contact details up-to-date on the database.
It is now compulsory for all dog owners to have their dogs microchipped and record the microchip number and owner details/contact details with a government compliant microchip database.
- All dogs in the UK must be microchipped
- Puppies must be microchipped by 8 weeks of age
- Breeders will be responsible for microchipping an must be recorded as the first keeper.
- The recorded keepers (where the dog resides) MUST keep contact detials up to date on the database.
- All dogs must wear an ID tag
All dog breeders must ensure that the puppies are microchipped and recorded by the time they are eight weeks old and before they are sold, it is essential that the breeder is the first recorded keeper on the database.
When a dog transfers ownership the details held at the database under the microchip number MUST be changed, also is an owner moves home or changes a telephone number these details MUST be updated. Failure to keep these details up to date means that, in the eye of the law, the dog is no longer considered microchipped and a fine can apply.
WHAT IS MICROCHIPPING:
Microchipping is a simple, safe and quick procedure which makes reuniting dogs and cats with their owners much more likely. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and last a lifetime.
Mini microchips are available for small breeds. These are mini microchips (the same standard and performance of the normal chip) with a smaller needle for implantation.
Exemptions: The vet can certify (on an exemption form) that a dog should not be microchipped because it could adversely affect the dogs health. In such cases a vet would have to certify that this was the case and state when the exemption expired, the dog would then need to be microchipped on the expiry date, unless the vet issued another exemption certificate because of on-going concerns with the dogs health. The decision to exempt a dog from being microchipped is the vets decision. If a puppy is made exempt, the breeder may pass the puppy on with a copy of the vets exemption certificate to show the time limit of exemption.
ADVICE TO BUYERS:
Puppy buyers should NOT buy a puppy from a breeder unless it has been microchipped and recorded at the database. When buying a puppy, you will be provided with microchipping documentation which will allow you to transfer keepership on the database. If you do not receive microchipping documents then you should not buy the puppy.
ADVICE TO OWNERS OF DOGS WITHOUT A MICROCHIP:
All dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dogs are microchipped and recorded, regardless of whether they got the dog before the legistlation on microchipping came into effect (2016). If your dog has not been microchipped, you must have this done by an authorised implanter. Failure to do so will result in a £500 fine if caught and prosecuted.
If your dog already has a microchip, it is your responsibility to ensure that the contact details that correspond with the microchip are kept up to date.
If a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, the keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine it they do not comply with the notice.
In addition, if the breeder or the keeper of the dog do NOT update the dog’s details on the database, then a notice may be served requiring the keeper to microchip the dog within 21 days of the served notice.
Although it is compulsory for all canines to be microchipped, we strongly recommend that your feline friends are microchipped to. Reuniting a pet with its owner is a wonderful feeling and here at James Street we see a lot of cats not reunited, simply because they are not microchipped.
Once your animal has been microchipped you will receive several stickers with the microchip number on and a tag showing that your dog/cat has a microchip inserted. Once the microchip is inserted a microchip reader will be able to scan the microchip and read the number.