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A vet can exempt your dog from getting the microchip implanted for health reasons. It may be exempt if it has:

  • a severe illness
  • an infection in the place where it should get microchipped
  • a condition that interferes with blood clotting

It may also be exempt if the vet is concerned about it being too small.

Exemption certificate

If the vet exempts your dog, they should write a signed letter with the following details:

  • the dog's name and description
  • your name and contact details
  • the name and address of your veterinary practice
  • why the dog can't be microchipped
  • how long the exemption will last
  • your name and signature
  • vets name and signature

This is called an 'exemption certificate'.

If your dog gets a new owner or keeper during the time it's exempt, you must pass on this letter to them.

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