Dog owners: Please be aware it is now law to have your dog microchipped. officers are patrolling and if your dog is found not having a chip you could be prosecuted.
It is law to have your dog microchipped. Also having your dog microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet's chances of getting home should he become lost. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a permanent form of identifying your dog. One of the first things our Dog Wardens will check for when they find a stray dog is a microchip, within minutes we could be contacting you to let you know we have found your dog, meaning a less stressful time for owner and pet.
A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted under your dog's loose skin, on the back of the neck. Each microchip has a unique code. The microchip can be scanned by a Dog Warden or vet who can then access the contact information on the microchip and reunite you with your dog.
You must keep your details up-to-date.
Having the microchip implanted is a great way to get your dog reunited should it become lost or stolen, but only if you keep the telephone number and address up-to-date so that we can contact you. If you move house or change your phone number, you will need to contact the microchipping database (whose details will be on the paperwork given to you when you have your dog microchipped). Some companies allow you to do this online for a small fee.
If you decide to rehome your dog, it is your responsibility to change the contact details on the microchip to the new owner. Otherwise if the dog goes missing, the dog warden will contact you instead of the new owner.