Microchipping and the Law

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Which Animals Can Be Microchipped?

Any animal can be microchipped from dogs, cats and ferrets to Llamas and tortoises!

Each species has a particular place where the microchip is implanted so everyone knows where to look for it (left hind leg of a tortoise, or the left neck under the mane of a horse, for example).

Your pet’s microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice and implantation is quick and usually painless.

What is a Microchip?

  • An electronic microchip is a permanent method of identification so if a pet gets lost or stolen it can be easily identified and reunited with the owner.
  • Collars and tags can get broken or lost but a microchip should last the lifetime of an animal.
  • The 15 digit number is recorded on a central database.

Your Dog Must be Microchipped by Law

The law changed in April 2016 and all puppies now have to be
microchipped and registered by the breeder by the time they are 8 weeks old.

When you buy a new puppy it is YOUR responsibility to register the puppy with their new name, your address contact details.

Keep Your Details Up To Date

It is your responsibility to update your details when you move house or change phone number. This can be done on Petlog for a small fee (click to follow through to Petlog's website).