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Microchipping Regulations

Did you know that Microchipping will be compulsory by April 2016?

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with a Microchip from 6th April 2016. 

The microchip cannot be tampered with and once inserted will last a lifetime. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice, encased in a special capsule, designed to sit comfortably under your pet’s skin. The implantation is quick and simple – just like an ordinary injection under the loose skin at the back of the neck. 

Most vets, animal charities, dog wardens and local authorities have Microchip readers that can read the chips 15-digit code. This identifies your pet on a secure database which is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If your pet is found and it has a Microchip inserted you’ll receive a call and be reunited as soon as possible.

Once the new rules come into effect dog owners may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply.

Breeders will be responsible for microchipping all puppies before they sell or give them away and all imported dogs will need to be micro-chipped.

It generally costs around £20 to have a dog chipped but the Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Group is having a FREE event.
Taking place at Stratford Park Lesioure Centre, Stroud on Wednesday 9th March from 12.30pm – 5.30pm.

Remember, all dogs MUST have a microchip by April 2016.