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Keep Calm & get your Microchip

So it looks like from the 6th April 2016, it will become a legal requirement to have any dogs in your keepership microchipped and registered on an approved database, but what does this mean?

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police and community support officers and if you fall foul of the regulations, you risk a £500 penalty for both failing to have your pooch microchipped, and for not keeping your database details up-to-date. If you are caught without a chip, the new law gives you 21 days to comply before the fine is imposed – yikes!

Now this may sound all very serious and intimidating, but the process could not be easier, and of course it’s also in your beloved pets best interest. You can get your dog microchipped at almost all vets and many organisations, including Dogs Trust, also offer this service at a subsidised price or even for free – click here to find out where.

If you’re getting a puppy, they must be chipped and registered by the time they are eight weeks old, but conveniently, this can be easily done during their second set of vaccinations, so would not even require a separate visit to your vet. Important to remember is that there are no exemptions to this law regarding age, so even if your dog is 15, they must still be chipped. However, there is a legal exemption if your vet certifies that they cannot be microchipped for health reasons.

The Pet Owners Association has a handy directory of places you can get the procedure done, and the Dogs Trust has a comprehensive FAQ section.

So to help keep your pooch safe remember to have them chipped and registered by 6th April.

If you have any other hints or tips about getting your dog microchipped for free please head to facebook.com/hilifedog or @HiLifeDog and let us know.

1 April 2016

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