Chip in for new dog ID scheme

What is a pet microchip?

Saturday, 12th March 2016, 9:19 am
A new law is coming into force in April for dogs to be microchipped. Picture by Rebecca Ashworth.

A microchip is a small electronic device, the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and is entered onto a national database alongside the owner’s details.

This little chip has featured heavily in the news over the last few weeks after the Government unveiled plans to make the microchipping of dogs compulsory.

It is hoped this new law will promote animal welfare and help vets, rescue centres and other agencies to reunite lots pets with owners.

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The Government believes the legislation, which comes into force in England on April 6, could save councils and charities up to £33million a year.

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), more than 102,000 stray or stolen dogs are picked up on the streets every year, placing a burden on local authorities.

Microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray, the chances of being reunited with him/her will significantly increase.

Whilst every dog owner is legally obliged to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and tag (slightly differing rules apply for working dogs in the field), these can easily get lost or can be removed if a dog is stolen. A microchip is permanent.

If your dog is microchipped, you still need to make sure your contact details are up to date, failing to do so may also result in a fine.

If your dog is not microchipped, you could face a fine of up to £500.

For a limited time only, Alnorthumbria Vets will be offering microchipping for just £10. Contact your local surgery to book. The offer is available until April 5.