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The Law is Changing!

Each year over 100,000 dogs are found as strays yet only 16% are microchipped! From the 6th April 2016 all dogs in the UK must have a microchip by law. Microchipping is quick, simple and is the single most effective method of making sure that if the worst ever happens, your dog finds their way home.

Microchipping- Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is microchipping dogs necessary?
    • To reduce the number of stray dogs– More than 100, 000 dogs are abandoned or found as strays every year, costing tax payers and animal charities over £57m! This number could be drastically reduced if more dogs could be quickly and easily traced back to their owners.
    • To promote responsible dog ownership– By ensuring that all dogs are chipped, keepers of dangerous dogs or those not taking care of their pet can be held responsible.
  • What is a microchip? How does it work?
    • A microchip is a small electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice which contains a unique ID number. Once implanted the number is registered to an online database along with the keeper’s contact details. If a stray animal is brought into a shelter or clinic the number can be scanned allowing the owner to be located and the dog to be returned home.
  • When does microchipping become compulsory?
    • Under new laws passed in February 2015, from the 6th April 2016 all dogs over the age of 8 weeks are required to have a microchip.
  • I’m not sure if my dog has a chip, how can I find out?
    • Vets practices and most animal shelters will have access to a scanner- pop in for a free nurse consult to have your dog scanned today.
  • My dog is already chipped, will this new law effect me?  
    • Yes! It is also compulsory for owners to keep their online details up to date. Some 40% of microchipped dogs are unable to be returned due to incorrect or missing data. Details can be changed quickly and easily online, sometimes for a small one off fee. Check yours are up to date today!
  • How do I update the details registered to my dog’s chip?
    • All UK microchips are registered to one of six databases, to change your details in the data base you must contact the data base directly- most have facilities to do this by phone or online.
    • To find out which database your details are logged with enter your pet’s chip number at: https://www.petlog.org.uk/ . If you don’t have a record of your pet’s microchip number, come and see us at the surgery to have it scanned.
    • Once you know the database where your details are stored contact them directly to update your details.
    • Occasionally a small one off fee may be charge to help with the maintenance of the database.
  • What happens if my dog isn’t microchipped by April 2016?
    • Once the new rules come into effect, if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper will be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days. Those who do not comply will face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.
  • I’m buying a dog from a breeder- will they chip it or should I?
    • Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers.
    • All imported dogs will need to have a microchip.
    • Breeders will be required to register their own details and these will be recorded against the microchip for the life of the dog, helping to trace puppy farmers.
  • Do I need to get my cat chipped as well?
    • Although it isn’t a legal requirement a chip ensures your cat’s safe return if they get lost. The special offer also extends to our feline friends.
  • How do I get my dog chipped?
    • Here at Abbotskerswell we have a special SPRING OFFER with a microchip and a FREE health check for just £10 before the 7th of April. Give us a ring today to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

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