So, what’s this new law all about?
From 6 April 2016, legal changes will require ALL dog owners in England, Scotland and Wales to:
- Make sure their dog is microchipped
- Register their dog on an authorised commercial database
- Keep their contact details and their dog’s details up to date on the database
Why we like microchips
Most dog owners have experienced that terrifying moment when your dog gets excited on a walk and tears off out of sight. Most of the time they come back – but if they don’t, you’ve got a much higher chance of being reunited if they’re microchipped.
Lost dogs can be scanned by any vet and returned to their rightful owner, as identification is possible 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and a microchip lasts for life. It may also discourage bad owners from mistreating or abandoning their dog, as they can quickly be traced by the authorities.
What if you DON’T microchip your dog?
Not abiding by the new law means you could be fined £500 – but first you’d get 21 days to rectify the situation by microchipping your dog and registering your details on an approved database. Of course, it’s much easier to avoid the hassle and get it done as soon as possible – so why not take advantage of our £19.99 microchipping offer before 30 April?
Are there any exceptions?
There are some special circumstances affecting certain dogs:
- New-born puppies – Puppies do not need to be microchipped until they are eight weeks old. After eight weeks, however, the same rules apply as for adult dogs (see above).
- Ill health – If a dog can’t be microchipped for health reasons, it is exempt from the new regulations. However, this MUST be certified by a qualified vet.
If you’re not sure whether your dog is exempt from the new law, give us a call on 01264 352323 and Simon or any of the team will be happy to offer advice.
Microchipping isn’t just for dogs
While the new law only applies to dogs, it’s also advisable for other pets. Microchipping cats is increasingly popular – and rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, parrots, tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes and even fish can be microchipped too.
Would you like to know more about microchipping and the legal changes that are soon to be in place? See our Microchipping FAQs