In the UK it is currently compulsory to MicroChip a dog and the government has announced plans to implement compulsory MicroChipping for cats in the future.
On the 6th of April 2016 it became a requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in the UK to be permanently identified with a pet MicroChip, unless exempt by a vet.
A quick overview for pet owners about the compulsory microchipping legislation is that:
If you need to update your pet's MicroChip details on the database please click here.
Please remember it is still the law that your dog wears a collar tag displaying keeper details - this requirement has not changed.
For more information on ordering a collar tag with your details engraved on it, please click here.
A quick overview for veterinary practices and welfare organisations about the compulsory microchipping legislation is that:
For information on how you can register and search for pet MicroChips in the UK, please click here
A breeder in terms of this legislation is anyone who owns a dog that has had a litter of puppies. A quick overview for dog breeders about the compulsory microchipping legislation is that:
The government has announced that compulsory microchipping for cats will soon become a legal requirement. We urge pet owners to have their cats microchipped and ensure their details are up to date before this comes in to effect.
If you have any further questions about compulsory microchipping for pets you can contact us here