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Microchipping your dog

Information on dog microchipping and how to get your dog microchipped for free by our animal wardens.

Published: 16 January 2021

Last updated: 4 May 2021

It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. You must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip by the time it’s eight weeks old. If you haven’t had your dog microchipped, you may be fined or prosecuted.

Microchipping services 

Our animal wardens can microchip your dog for free. To book a visit from a warden, please email [email protected] 

A licensed vet or charitable organisation like Mayhew Animal Home or the Dog's Trust can also microchip your dog for a small fee.

We recommend that you microchip other companion animals such as cats and rabbits in case they escape or become lost. Please ask your vet for further details about how you can micro-chip your pet.

Buying puppies 

When you buy a puppy, you should ask for proof a microchip has been fitted, as breeders need to ensure this before they are sold. 

You can ask to see any of the following as proof: 

  • microchip certificate

  • vet records

  • pet passport 

You must make sure the microchip details are updated once you have bought the dog. You are responsible for keeping your dog’s microchip information up to date.