If your pet should go missing, microchipping is a great way to ensure that the best efforts are made to reunite you with your pet. However, it is only effective if pet keepers remember to keep their contact details up-to-date, which is a new requirement within the Compulsory Microchipping of Dogs legislation.
Any changes to a keeper’s contact details must be updated on their microchip database to ensure compliance with the law. If a dog keeper subsequently moves, or changes their contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the new law and enforcement can be taken.
What is microchipping?
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes but lasts a lifetime.
How does a microchip help to reunite a lost pet with their keeper?
Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet's details are stored in a microchip database along with the microchip's unique 15 digit code.
When a missing pet is found, an animal professional (for example a vet or dog warden) will scan the pet revealing the microchip's unique 15 digit code, and contact the microchip database your pet is recorded with. The customer care staff will perform some security checks before releasing your contact details to the animal professional, so that your pet can be reunited with you.
How do I find an implanter?
What is the law around microchipping?
What is the law around pet ID tags?
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your telephone number is optional (but advisable).
You can be fined £5000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.
- Dogs used on official duties by the armed forces, HM Customs & Excise or the police
- Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds
- Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin
- Dogs used for driving or tending cattle or sheep
- Guide Dogs for the Blind
- Dogs used for emergency rescue work