Local Authorities

The legislation requires all breeders to microchip their puppies before they go to their new homes, before they are 8 weeks old.

All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland, must get their dogs microchipped to ensure they are compliant with the law.

It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that contact details for the dog/dogs are kept up-to-date to ensure a dog can be reunited with its owner in the event that it is lost or stolen. With the new compulsory microchipping laws, it is crucial for us to educate owners in the importance of keeping their contact details up to date, ensuring pets are reunited with their owners as quickly as possible.

Check A Microchip

To check an animal’s details, visit the Petlog website and enter the microchip number in the search engine.

Scanning Guidance

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Before scanning an animal, check that the scanner is working and that you know the correct orientation of the make of scanner being used to maximise the likelihood of detection in the microchip.

The microchip scanner should be passed slowly over the surface of the animal, moving the scanner in an “S” shaped pattern over the dorsum of the animal.

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Scanning should begin and concentrate over the standard implantation site in the UK, which is midway between the shoulder blades (this should take 10-20 seconds). If no chip is detected, rotate the scanner 90 degrees and rescan the animal.

If the microchip is not detected here, you should scan down the left side of the neck (the standard implantation side in Europe) then down the back, on the sides, over the shoulders and down to the elbows.

If a microchip is still not detected where there is evidence that a microchip has been implanted the following should be considered:

  • Scan other areas of the body to see if the microchip has migrated. Start at the pet’s head, and slowly scan side-to-side all the way to the pet’s tail. Then, slowly scan down the pet’s leg, across its neck, along and under its chest and behind its front legs.
  • Change the orientation of the scanner and rescan the animal.
  • Rescan the animal with a different scanner.

Summary of Offences

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  1. DATABASE OPERATORS
    Failure to comply with a notice served on an operator under regulation 7 is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 4 on the standard scale (currently £2500).

  2. KEEPERS

    1. Failure to microchip and record relevant details with a database in relation to a dog before transferring to a new keeper is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 2 on the standard scale (currently £500).

    2. Failure to comply with a notice to properly microchip a dog (which includes updating database records) is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 2 on the standard scale (currently £500).

    3. Where a notice to microchip and record relevant details with a database in relation to a dog is not complied with, obstructing an authorised person arranging for the dog to be properly microchipped is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 2 on the standard scale (currently £500).

    4. Obstructing an authorised person taking possession of a dog to check if the dog is microchipped or to arrange for it to be microchipped is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 2 on the standard scale (currently £500).

  3. MICROCHIP IMPLANTERS

    1. Implantation of a microchip by anyone who is not a veterinary surgeon, veterinary student, or veterinary nurse/student veterinary nurse acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon, or who has not completed approved or satisfactory training is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 2 on the standard scale (currently £500).
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