Microchipping becomes compulsory from 6 April 2016

walking-the-dogToday is the day that it becomes a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and contact details registered with a government compliant database. Plus – after today – all puppies must be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old.

Any changes to your details for a pet with an existing microchip, such as address, telephone number etc. must be updated in order to remain compliant with the law. If you know your pet’s microchip number then you can check that your details are correct on the Petlog website.

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables and community support officers. A 21 day notice to comply with the law precedes a £500 fine.

There are no exceptions except for reasons of health, which will require a vet certificate on an approved form from the Secretary of State.

At Vet4life we will always help you and check to see if your dog’s microchip is working and registered to your correct details.

Please remember we have FREE microchipping for our Family health plan members. Please contact us for more information.

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Ian Stroud

Veterinary Surgeon at Vet4life
Ian Stroud is a highly experienced small animal veterinary surgeon with over 15 years working in practice. He has particular interests in several areas including minimally-invasive surgery, orthopaedics and oncology (cancer treatment). He currently practices in Teddington, Shepperton and Surbiton where he is the director of Vet4life.
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