Why you need to microchip your pet today

Microchipping ensures you'll be reunited with lost pets sooner

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If your pet ever wanders off, gets lost or stolen, a microchip makes them easy to track, so they'll be back with you faster. 

  • More than 10,000 dogs are lost every year
  • It's now the law for every dog to be microchipped
  • Puppies should be fitted with a microchip by the time they're 8 weeks old 

It's now compulsory for dogs to be microchipped

Whether they don't come back through the cat flap after a night out, they get spooked and run off or they're stolen, losing your beloved pet is stressful. Thankfully, a microchip means they're registered on a trackable database, so once you report them missing or stolen, you can be reunited sooner. 

In 2016, the government introduced compulsory microchipping for all dogs in England. Puppies need to be fitted with microchips by the time they're 8 weeks old. You can visit your vet, or a trained professional from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross Centres or Dogs Trust will microchip your pet for free. 

What happens once my pet is microchipped?

Your pet's microchip number will show up whenever your pet is scanned. The microchip number and your pet's details, including their name, address and all their owner's details, will be registered on a national database, so your pet can be returned to you if lost or stolen. 


Are there any risks to my pet?

The procedure is simple, safe and shouldn't cause your pet any pain - qualified vets are experienced in microchipping, so will be able to answer any questions you have. The chip, which is no bigger than a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin of a cat or dog, usually between the shoulder blades.    


What happens if I don't microchip my dog? 

Microchipping dogs is the law - you can be fined up to £500 if you don't get your dog chipped. 


Do I have to microchip my cat? 

No, but vets recommend it. Compulsory microchipping is only applicable to dogs, but organisations including Cats Protection are lobbying the government to make our feline friends safer, too. 


What if my contact details change?

You'll need to update your details with the specific database your pet's registered to. For a full list of government approved databases, click here