You must make sure your dog gets a microchip implanted by the time it's 8 weeks old. Each microchip has a number that shows up when your dog's scanned. This number identifies your dog.
You must also register the microchip number and your details on a database that meets government standards. These are:
- Animal Microchips
- MicroChip Central
- National Veterinary Data Service
- Protected Pet
- Pet Log
- Pet Identity UK
By getting the microchip implanted and information stored it means:
- lost dogs can be re-united with their owners
- the owners of dogs acting aggressively can be identified
- the owners of abused dogs can be identified
- you are following the law
Keeping a dog that isn't microchipped could lead to:
- a fine of up to £500
- a court case against you
If your dog is already microchipped you must make sure:
- the microchip matches the technical standard
- your details are registered on one of the database above
You can do this by speaking to a local vet.
You should speak to your local council if you think:
- a microchip implanter is working illegally
- a microchip implanter is not competent
If you own a cat or other pets you don't legally need to get them microchipped but it is recommended. It's the best way to identify your pet if it's lost or stolen.