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Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015


As of 6th April 2016 all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England and Scotland need to be microchipped (for Wales this applied as of March 2015 and Northern Ireland it was Law as of April 2012) and must be registered on one of the ‘authorised commercial databases. Where the owners contact details must be kept up to date, including changes of ownership.

  • All adverse microchip events must be reported to the Veterinary Medical Directorate.
  • The owners of un-chipped dogs may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.
  • Breeders must microchip their puppies prior to re-homing.
  • Prior to 6th April you can get your dog microchipped for free.


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