A micro chip allows the owner of a lost dog to be identified. Each micro chip has a unique number which is saved on a database along with the owners details, such details include name, address and phone number. It is important to keep these details up to date as they are the details which would be used in the event of your missing dog being found. It is very unlikely that you would be reunited with your dog if they are not microchipped.
The micro chip procedure is very quick and can be done within seconds by a trained professional. The micro chip is very small and is inserted just under the skin of your dog's neck. It is important to get your dog microchipped by the time its 8 weeks old, not getting your dog microchipped can result in a penalty fine of up to £500 (rules are different if in Scotland or Wales).
Where can I get my dog microchipped?
You can get your dog chipped at your local vets or council (if they offer this service) this can normally cost you £45.
There are also free services which include:
- Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
- Blue Cross centres
- Dogs Trust
How can I update my details on microchip?
It is important to update your details if you move house or change your phone number, for more information on how to update these details visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped