Very soon – from April 6 in fact – it will become law for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped. The idea behind the compulsory scheme is that you can be reunited quickly if your dog gets lost or strays.
If you’ve suddenly realised that the deadline is looming, don’t panic as we’ll be running microchipping events at our stores for just £12.99 per pet.
For every dog that isn’t currently microchipped, you have until April 6 to get them chipped and registered. From that date onward all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are eight weeks old.
If you are the keeper of a dog that is found not to be microchipped, you will be served with a notice to have your dog chipped within 21 days.
You can find a list of our store locations here if you want to take advantage of our special offer.
So what does being microchipped entail? It’s a painless procedure that inserts a microchip the size of a small grain of rice underneath the skin of your dog, around the neck area.
Each microchip contains a unique code that will be registered on a database with your name, address and contact details so if your dog ever takes itself off for walkies, you can be reunited if they are found by a dog warden, taken to a vet or rescue centre.
If you’ve adopted a dog from a rescue centre or another person, you must keep the record up to date and log your details with the relevant register unless the former keeper has already made the change.
Although the new law only applies to dogs at the moment, there are many different animals that you can get microchipped including cats, rabbits and horses. Always check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.
Whatever you do, if you have a dog, don’t let this deadline pass without taking action.