Compulsary Microchipping of dogs.

22 February 2016

From 6 April 2016 all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland must be microchipped by Law.


  • From 6 April 2016 all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland must be microchipped by Law.


  • From April 2016 a puppy has to be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.


  • If your dog is not microchipped and/or your up to date details are not registered on an approved database, a notice may be served.  You will then be given 21 days to comply.  If you don’t you will be liable to pay a fine of £500


  • Even if your dog is microchipped, from April 2016 you could be fined if your details are not up-to-date with an approved database. If you change your address or phone number the database company must be notified.  


Will compulsory microchipping for dogs be government controlled?  


  • The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations.


  • Every dog owner is also legally obliged to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and identification disc in public areas, even if they have a microchip. The disc should have the owners surname and address on it. If a stray dog is found not wearing a tag with this information, you may ne liable to pay a fine.


  • If your dog strays or gets lost and is handed in to a veterinary surgery, animal welfare group, the police or local authority, they have special hand held scanners that can detect and “read” the information on the microchips. Once your dog’s unique number has been found and verified against the national database, you will be reunited without further delay.


  • At what age is a dog exempt?   There are no exemptions with regarding to age. A dog will be legally exempt from being microchipped only when a vet certifies that it cannot be microchipped for health reasons. This needs to done on a form approved by the Secretary of State.


  • The procedure for implanting a microchip is simple and can be performed by one of our vets or registered veterinary nurses.  If you would like to have you dog microchipped please contact reception on 01302 534999