Vets are reminding dog owners they have less than 12 months to microchip their pets.
From April 6,2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs aged eight weeks and over in England and Scotland to be microchipped. It is already law in Northern Ireland, and Wales is due to introduce the legislation in the near future.
Current figures suggest 80 per cent of dogs are currently microchipped, but it still leaves approximately 1.8 million pet dogs across the UK needing to be microchipped in the next ten months.
The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, will need to be officially registered with an approved microchip database, which will hold it along with up-to-date information about the dog and its owner’s contact details.
Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets from Pets at Home which has a branch in Lottbridge Drove, said, “All dog owners and breeders must keep these details up-to-date and only dogs that are deemed unfit by a qualified vet are exempt from having a microchip implanted.
“A sterile microchip is inserted painlessly under the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades and takes seconds to complete, meaning a dog can be in and out of a practice within a few minutes.”
The chip is designed to last for the life of the dog.
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