All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland, must get their dogs microchipped to ensure they are compliant with the law.
The owner of an unchipped dog will be given 21 days to comply and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.
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.
Check Your Details
When a pet is microchipped, the unique code for the microchip will be registered on a database. This includes the microchip details, information on the pet and contact information for the owner.
This allows owners to ensure their contact details and records are kept up to date and the database will provide a lost and found service in the event a pet goes missing.
If a dog becomes lost or stolen, the microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on the database.
Petlog, the UK’s largest database for microchipped pets is managed by the Kennel Club and is one of several databases operating in the UK.
It is vital all dog owners are aware of the microchip database their pets are registered with and regularly check their details and update any changes in contact information.
Check a microchip here.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A DATABASE?
- A call centre that is open 24/7 365 days a year and based in the UK
- A lifetime service for your pets
- High standards including ISO 9001 and 27001 certification
- It is compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped
- Puppies must be microchipped by 8 weeks
- Breeders will be responsible for microchipping and must be recorded as the first keeper
- The recorded keepers (where the dog resides) MUST keep contact details up to date