Walton Lodge Veterinary Surgery’ advice for checking your dog’s microchip
May 21, 2020
There’s no question as to whether you should microchip your dog – it became law back in 2016 that all dogs in the UK must carry a chip or the owner could face a £500 fine and criminal prosecution. A £500 fine also applies if you fail to keep your details up to date.
If you’re selling or buying a dog you need to make sure you’re following the law, so the team at Walton Lodge Vets outline here what you need to know and do. As ever, if you’ve any further queries please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk to you about checking your microchip details.
All dogs aged over eight weeks in the UK must be microchipped and the breeder’s details registered as well as the new owner’s. In the event of a dog getting lost and found it then can easily be traced back to its owner – the finder simply has to take it to a vet, animal shelter or another similar organisation to be scanned.
The microchip houses a unique registration number that matches the owner’s details held on the database, so of course it’s important that those details are kept up to date. To check that your details are correct you can contact the database your chip is registered to direct or online.
If you don’t know your dog’s microchip number, bring it along to Walton Lodge Veterinary Surgery where one of our team will be happy to scan it. Once you have the number you can see which pet database it’s registered to.
You never know when something might happen to scare your dog and send it running off – if that were to happen the microchip is your surest way of being reunited with your pet quickly. If you’re unsure whether your dog is chipped or don’t know whether your details are up to date, why not contact us?
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