If you’re a dog owner, 2016 marks a change in how you register your pet.
It becomes the law this year for ALL dogs to be microchipped under Government plans announced three years ago.
From April 2016, every dog in England will have to be microchipped in a move which the Government says will help reunite people with lost or stolen pets and track down the owners of vicious or illegal dogs.
So often in practice we struggle to reunite lost dogs (and cats) with their families and microchipping makes all the difference.
A report from the dogs trust in 2012 claims in a one year period that out of 118,932 stray dogs in the UK only half were returned to their owners. Out of the group returned only around 7000 were microchipped.
All ready: The law comes into force in april, so you have 2 months to sort out your pooch
Under the new laws it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be fitted with microchips from 6 April 2016. It is estimated that almost two million dogs are still to undergo the procedure.
I’ve got a dog- what does this mean for me?
Dog’s life: The new measures will make it easier for your lost pet to be returned to you
Dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers’ contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date.
The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.
The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, will be officially registered with an approved microchip database, which will hold up-to-date information about the dog and its owner’s contact details.
Why is microchipping dogs necessary?
Behind bars: Lost and stray dogs cost the taxpayer and welfare charities £33 million per year
Lost and stray dogs cost the taxpayer and welfare charities £33 million per year. A microchip makes it much easier to reunite a dog with its owner.
Microchipping will reduce the burden on animal charities and local authorities and help protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.
What if I don’t get my dog microchipped by April 2016?
You’ll be in trouble. Once the new rules come into effect, if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the notice.
If I am buying a dog from a breeder, do they chip the puppy or do I?
Golden opportunity: All keepers, including breeders, must keep dog’s details up to date
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.
IF YOUR DOG NEEDS A MICROCHIP, YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR DETAILS (I.E PHONE NUMBERS/ADDRESS) OR YOU HAVE NAY QUESTIONS PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT THE SURGERY.