Don’t forget that since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old to be microchipped and registered on a national database with up to date contact details. The aim is to encourage responsible dog ownership and to improve the chance of lost or stolen pets being reunited with their owners.

Getting a microchip is a simple and inexpensive procedure where a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in the loose skin at the back of your pet’s neck. A chip carries a sixteen digit individual number that needs to be registered on one of the national databases.

By law, pet owners are responsible for keeping their contact details on the database up to date. So remember, if you move house or change your phone number you must update your details. To check where your pet’s microchip is registered go to and enter your pet’s microchip number. You should find this on your pet’s vaccination card or vet records and you can always ask your veterinary team if you need any help.

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