Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and reunited with you if they become lost or stolen.

It is a legal requirement in England for all dogs to be microchipped by 8 weeks and for cats over 20 weeks of age from June 2024.  Owners of pets found not to be microchipped could face a fine of up to £500.

What does microchipping involve?

A small microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the animal’s skin, between the shoulder blades, using a sterile needle. It is a very quick and painless procedure, and once the microchip is implanted, it will remain so for the duration of your pet’s life.

The microchip contains a unique identification number and, when your pet is scanned with a microchip reader, this can be linked to your details.  Microchip scanners are used by vets, the police, and animal rescue centres and charities.  Your details are stored on a national database and it is very important that this information is kept up-to-date with any changes.

Any pets travelling abroad are required to be microchipped.