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Dogs can be microchipped at vets and this can help identify if they are lost or stolen, as the owner’s information is stored on the chip – which the vet will need to scan to reunite the pet with its owner.
But should you do it, and what happens if you don’t?
Does every dog need a microchip?
The government website explains that all pet dogs must be microchipped and registered on a database – it’s up to owners to register their dogs.
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This must be done before they are eight weeks old and there will be consequences if pet owners do not microchip their dog.
Dogs in Scotland must still be microchipped when they are eight weeks old, but pet owners must register their dogs on a database – eligible dogs are listed on the Scottish Government’s website.
Dog owners in Wales must also have their dogs microchipped from the age of eight weeks.
What happens if you don’t microchip your dog?
If you don’t microchip your dog in England, you can be fined up to £500. You need to make sure your dog is registered on the database – you can see the relevant ones via the government website.
Dog owners in Scotland are also fined £500 and can face legal action if their dog is not microchipped for eight weeks.
In Wales, dog owners are also expected to have their dogs microchipped when they are eight weeks old.
You can find out more about the rules in Scotland and Wales on the government websites.
How to get your dog microchipped
Your dog should be microchipped by a qualified professional – you can ask your vet for this.
Or you can contact your local council or local rescue and rehoming center to see if they can microchip your pet.
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How to update microchip details
Pet owners need to keep their information up to date and to do this you will need to contact the database where your dog is registered.
If you move house, you will need to ensure that your address has been changed in the database.
How to check your dog’s microchip number
If you are not sure which database your dog is registered with, you can check its microchip number.
Those who are unsure of the microchip number can ask a vet, dog sitter or rescue center to verify it.