It is a legal requirement for your pet to have identification with both a collar and tag along with a microchip.
A microchip is implanted in the scruff of the neck, just like an injection. An anaesthetic or sedation is not required for your dog to be microchipped.
The microchip has a unique code which can be read by a scanner used by kennels, wardens and veterinary surgeries.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
- It is a legal requirement as part of ownership of a dog.
- The microchip is a permanent method of identification.
- If your dog gets lost, the microchip allows immediate identification and contact can be made with you.
- Dogs need to be microchipped if they are to join the Pet Travel Scheme.
How can I be traced if my pet is found?
Every microchip has a unique code which is recorded on our records, as well as being registered with Identibase who hold a national database. Once a microchip is scanned, Identibase is called and they provide all the contact information required to reunite dog with owner.
What if my personal details change?
Identibase registration is for life, but if any details need changing then this can be done with them for a small fee.
Dog rescue societies have a legal obligation to keep a stray dog for 7 days after which it can be re-homed or even destroyed. Often it is an impossible task to trace the owner of a dog with no identification. If you are lucky enough to be reunited with your pet after days of searching rescue kennels, you may find your dog has incurred quite substantial kennelling fees which must be paid before the dog is released. This heartache and financial loss could be avoided by simply having your dog microchipped.