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.
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.