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Microchip Deadline Nears

Posted by Lyndon Basha in News | Article permalink on Mar 05 2016

Deadline: 6th April 2016

From the 6th of April 2016 all dogs over 8 weeks of age must be microchipped and registered to an approved microchip database.

What is a microchip and how does it work?

  • It is about the size of a grain of rice and stores a unique identification number.
  • The microchip is inserted in between your pet’s shoulder blades.
  • A scanner waved over the microchip reveals the microchip number.

Why do it?

  • Once microchipped, your name and address is entered along with the microchip number onto a national database.
  • If your pet is subsequently lost or stolen, a scanner passed over the implanted microchip will reveal the number.
  • The database is checked for that number and your details are provided which allows you to be contacted.
  • From 6th April 2016 it is compulsory to microchip all dogs over 8 weeks of age.

My dog is already microchipped – how will the new regulations affect me?

  • ‘Registered Keeper’ details with the approved database must be kept up to date, otherwise fines may apply.

What if I ignore the new regulations?

  • Fines up to £500 apply if you do not comply with these new regulations.
  • Under the new regulations, your dog is only considered microchipped when (1) your dog is implanted with a microchip and (2) your contact details have been registered on an approved database.

Are all microchips the same?

  • In short, no!
  • Quality microchips have less chance of migrating (moving do a different area under the skin) and less chance of failing to to be read.
  • Advance in technology also add additional functionality such as bio-therm microchips we use that contains an inbuilt thermometer  (this allows your pet’s temperature to be taken by merely waving the scanner over the microchip, removing any stress caused when putting a thermometer up your pet’s bottom).

 What do I need to do? 

  • If your dog is over 8 weeks of age and not yet microchipped, book an appointment or call us on  0208599844.
  • If you dog is already microchipped, make sure you keep your contact details up to date with your registered database.