| April 6, 2016



Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has now announced that all dogs in England must be microchipped, by law, from the 6th of April 2016. It is also a legal requirement to have some form of visible identification on your dog, such as pet tags. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that every dog while on a public highway or place of public resort must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it or a plate/badge attached to it.


Therefore from the 6th of April 2016, pet owners will need to:

  • Have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised, commercial databases available such as Petlog, Anibase, PETtrac, PetProtect or SmartChip
  • Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away
  • Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip database. For example if you move house or change contact numbers, you must let the database company know
  • Have puppies microchipped from 8 weeks of age
  • Failure to do this could result in a fine up to £500


We have now extended the following offer:

  • Highly discounted price of just £9.99 for cats and dogs (normally £20.95).



Microchipping Law


Although it is only a legal requirement for dogs, as a Practice we highly recommend having your cats identichipped.

Some of you may have heard about Bo the cat's story, she went missing from the Horrabridge area for 8 weeks and got found in Plymouth! The only reason she was reunited with her family was because she had an identichip and she got scanned when handed in to a rescue in Plymouth.



If you would like further information, please contact the Practice on 01822 612561 or see below:





  1. What is the minimum age a puppy has to be before being microchipped? 


    There is no minimum age specified in the regulations. The puppy only has to be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. We interpret the rules as the person who has the puppy at 8weeks of age must have it chipped. So if the breeder still has the pup at 8weeks they must get it chipped. If it is sold before then, the new owner must get it done.


  2. Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t get my dog microchipped?    


    Yes. Under the regulations, your dog is microchipped when you

  • implant the dog with a chip and
  • register your details on an approved database such as Petlog.


    If you do not get your dog microchipped or your details registered on an approved database, then it will be considered as not complying with the regulations and a notice may be served. If the keeper does not microchip their dogs within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.


  1. Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t keep my database details up to date?


    Yes – same as above, however, if the keeper does NOT get their details up to date within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.


  2. Will compulsory microchipping for dogs be government controlled?  


    The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations.


  3. How long has a person got to get a dog microchipped if they get one after April 2016?


    From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. For every dog that is currently not microchipped, you will have until 6th of April to get them microchipped and registered on an approved database. If a keeper of a dog which is not microchipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog microchipped, they will have 21 days to do this.


  4. What happens if the breeder registers the new owner as the first keeper instead of themselves?


    The breeder must always be the first registered keeper of the puppies and it will be illegal for the breeder to not be listed as a keeper on the database. The breeder must also provide microchipping documents to the puppy buyer to ensure the new owner can update their details in order to comply with the law.







How do I contact my database?

01904 487600 anibase.com

0844 463 3999 petlog.org.uk

0800 077 8558

0800 652 9977


How do I change my details?

Online or in writing using the form supplied at registration

Online, over the phone or in writing using the reverse of the form supplied

Over the phone as long as the keepers name doesn’t change

Online, by phone, in writing

Are my details up to date…?

Login online using the details given to the owner or phone the 24/7 hotline

Check online or by phone using the details on the certificate

Phone the 24/7 call centre

Check online, by phone or in writing

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