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From 6th April 2016 microchipping will be compulsory by law, The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

A tiny microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the dog's skin between the shoulder blades where it will sit painlessly for life. It cannot be seen or moved but it could ensure that if you do lose your dog you would be able to get it back as long as the details held by the database are current.

Please ensure your details are up to date on the database. For a reasonable fee some companies offer life-time updates no matter how many times you move of change your contact details.

For information on microchipping, FAQs, the law and more

The Kennel Club's Petlog.

If your dog is recovered by one of our Street Scene Enforcement Officers and doesn't have a chip with up to date details, you could face a fine of up to £500.

Microchipping gives you peace of mind and makes it easier for you to get your dog if its strays, is lost or stolen.

It is also worth noting, that a microchip does not replace a collar and tag.  In the UK, the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name, address and postcode of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.  A telephone number is optional and it is recommended that you do not put your pet’s name on it.  You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

For more information about the Control Of Dogs Order 1992