- Category: Animals and pests
- Last Updated: 07 June 2016
From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs, over the age of 8 weeks, to be microchipped and for the details of the dogs keeper to be kept up to date on the microchip database.
- Where can I get my dog microchipped?
- What is a microchip and how do they work?
- What is the purpose of the microchip database?
- Are there any exemptions from microchipping dogs?
- Does it hurt my dog?
- Is there a fine or penalty for not getting my dog microchipped?
- What information is held on the microchipping database?
- What if I fail to keep my details on the database up to date?
- Do microchipping databases charge fees for updating details?
- Microchipping databases
Free Council Events: To find out when the next event is please visit the events calendar. (Please come early or be patient if you attend an event. All dogs must be 12 weeks old or over and accompanied by an adult (over 18).
Some charities run free microchipping events. You should look at the Chip my dog website for details of local events.
Your local vet will offer a microchipping service. However they will often charge for this service
A microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder covered in bio-glass no larger than a grain of rice. When a microchip scanner is passed over the skin of a dog, the implanted microchip emits an radio frequency signal, the microchip’s unique ID code is then displayed ion the scanner.
Microchips do not contain a GPS (Global Positioning System) signal therefore lost or stolen dogs cannot be tracked by GPS.
To enable Local Authorities and charities trace the registered keeper of the dogs quickly and efficiently. It is estimated that lost and stray dogs cost Local Authorities and charities in excess of £32 million pounds every year.
Yes - The first exemption applies where a veterinarian has certified the dog as a working dog and docked its tail in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006. In such cases the time limit for the dog to be microchipped and details recorded with a database is extended to 12 weeks. The dog can be passed on to a new keeper once it has been microchipped.
The second exemption applies where a veterinarian certifies that a dog should not be microchipped because it could adversely affect its health. In such cases a vet would have to certify that this was the case and state when the exemption expired. The dog would then need to be microchipped on the expiry of the date stated on the certificate, unless a veterinarian issued a further exemption certificate because of ongoing concerns with the dog's health.
No - it does not hurt the dog. It should be no more uncomfortable than receiving standard vaccination injections.
Yes - you can be fined up to £500. If a dog isn't microchipped the Dog Warden and Animal Welfare Officer may serve a notice on the keeper of the dog requiring that they get the dog microchipped within 21 days. If a person fails to comply with the notice then they can be taken to Court and fined. The Dog Warden and Animal Welfare Officer may then also seize the dog, implant a microchip and recover the costs of doing so from the keeper of the dog.
- The breeder's licence number and the name of the local authority by which they are licensed (if relevant)
- The original name given to the dog by the breeder
- The breed of the dog or a description if it is a crossbreed
- The sex of the dog
- The colour(s) of the dog e.g. blue, brindle and white
- The most accurate estimate of the dog's date of birth which the keeper can give
- If the keeper is the breeder then the exact date of birth should be known
- The full name and address of the keeper (including the full postcode)
- The contact telephone number(s) for the keeper
- The name given to the dog by the keeper if different to those already recorded
- The unique microchip number (NB: This may be found on the registration certificate issued by the database operator)
If the keeper fails to up date the database then they can be fined up to £500.
Yes - some databases do charge an administration fee each time you update your details. However some databases will allow you to alter your details many times for free after the keeper has made a one off premium payment, this premium payment can be as little as £16! You should speak to your database operator for more details.
There are a number of microchipping databases. Some of the more frequently used databases are listed below:
- Anibase 01904 487600
- PetIdentity UK 01744 733229
- PetLog 01296 336 579
- PetProtect 0800 0778558
- Pettrac 0800 6529977
- Smarttrac 0844 5420999
Dog Warden service
Dangerous dogs (certain breeds) need to be registered - this is a service usually carried out by the local police. Some authorities may operate a voluntary dog registration scheme which will enable the dog to be returned to its owner if lost. We do not offer a dog registration scheme at present.
Ryedale's Dog Warden provides educational support to encourage responsible dog ownership. The service also provides the opportunity to report stray or dangerous dogs or to complain about dog fouling or noisy dogs.
The service is also responsible for the licensing of animal boarding and dog breeding establishments.
Advice can be offered regarding feral cats and other animal welfare matters.
Please contact the Dog Warden and Animal Welfare Officer on 01653 600666 ext. 208.