Microchip ManiaFollowing the flurry of activity in April to get dogs up to date on the microchip database, we can take a breath and look at what has changed.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a tiny device the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin in an animalâ€™s neck. It holds information about the pet and owner electronically. But it is only as good as the information it holds.
What has changed?
Legislation changed in April to make it a legal requirement that all dogs in England are microchipped and their registered details are up to date. This is to enable stray dogs to be returned to their owners, to encourage responsible ownership and to help the fight against puppy farming. If your dog is found to be wandering without you and is picked up, the dog warden must be called. If there is no microchip, or the details are out of date, you could be liable for a fine of up to Â£500 but initially, you will be advised that you have 21 days to get your dog chipped and/or registered.
How much does it cost?
For the small price of only Â£10, your dog can be microchipped at any of our branches.
Once registered, you will be invited by Petlog to upgrade to their Petlog Premium service. This upgrade costs Â£16 but provides flexibility to amend your records as many times as you need. More details can be found here – https://www.petlog.org.uk/upgrade-to-petlog-premium/
Simply bring your dog to one of our branches and we can scan them and give you the chip number and contact number for Petlog. Itâ€™s a good idea to get the chip checked whenever you are in the surgery for your own peace of mind. We can give you the microchip number and telephone number so that you can check your details are up to date. Or you can look it up on this website – http://www.chipitcheckit.co.uk/
In conclusion, the law has changed, and the fact remains that this law must be adhered to. It is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar with an identity tag when in a public place. We want to help you and your dogs keep safe.
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