Microchipping is a must!
Britain is a nation of dog lovers with over 27 million pets living in the UK alone. From 6th April 2016, all pet owners in the UK will have a legal obligation to ensure that their furry friends are microchipped.
Following in the footsteps of Ireland and Wales who have already put measures in place, English and Scottish dogs will now require the quick non-intrusive procedure. Traditionally, we have ensured that our pooches have worn a tag on their collar with our details displayed. We all know that times have changed and it is far more efficient for details to be stored on a central electronic database which is exactly what the microchip enables.
At only the size of a grain of rice, a microchip is inserted under your pet’s skin without even a flinch. When a reader device is placed over the chip, all of the keeper’s details are revealed, allowing any lost pup to be reunited with their family quickly and easily.
The new legislation states that all dogs, from the age of eight weeks old, will now require an electronic microchip storing the details of their owners and address. Not only must the animal be chipped but the information contained on the microchip must be kept up-to-date or owners could potentially face a fine of up to £500.
BREEDERS BEWARE: If you sell a dog, or pass one on for any reason, you as the previous keeper will be required to register the new keeper’s details on the microchip.
If a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, it’s keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped. Failure to comply with the notice may result in the keeper being faced with criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.
If you have any queries in relation to your pet and your legal obligations as an owner, please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Evans on 01926 499889.
We are a firm of dog lovers, and are proud to show off Shadow and Teddy, just two of the 10 dogs associated with the firm!