From today (6 April 2016) it will be compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped.
Your dog’s microchip is given a number, which will show up whenever your dog is scanned.
The professional who microchips your dog will also take your contact details.
These details are kept alongside the microchip number on a database, so that your dog can be returned to you if it’s lost or stolen.
You must make sure that your dog is registered on one of the following databases (they all meet government standards):
You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is registered on a database that is not on the list.
Your dog must still wear a collar and tag with your name and address when in a public place.
Updating your details
You’re responsible for keeping your dog’s microchip information up to date, for example if you move house.
Contact the database company your dog is registered with to update any of your details.
You might be charged for updating your dog’s microchip information.
Find out where your dog’s registered
You can check the microchip number if you do not know which database your dog is registered on.
If you do not have the microchip number, you can ask any of the following to scan your dog for it:
a dog warden
a dog rescue centre