Since 6th April 2016, all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped, and the microchip details must be registered on one of the authorised databases. Under the law, dog owners are also required to ensure their pet’s details are kept up to date with the database, including notifying them if you were to move house or change your phone number.


Owners found not to be abiding by this law risk facing a fine of up to £500.


As well as being microchipped, it is a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and identity tag when out in public. The ID tag should have the owner’s name and address on it.


Following these steps helps to provide comfort to families, increasing the likelihood that they will be reunited with their beloved pet in the event that they were to go missing.


When a dog is found straying, the first thing we do is scan them for a microchip. If a microchip is found and registered with the owner’s details, it makes the process of reuniting them much easier.


If your dog is over 8 weeks old and isn’t yet microchipped, please arrange an appointment as soon as possible.


We offer a microchipping service at our centre. Call 01302 719790 for more information.