Microchip Implant and Checking Service
The law says you must microchip your dog and keep details up to date - are yours?
We can scan your dog for a microchip and help you to check or even change the details held if required. Just simply give us a call and pop down. We charge a one off fee of £5 for this service. Please note if your dog is not registered you may have to pay the database company directly to register your dogs microchip.
Our chip implanting service is available at all times. We charge £20 for each dog and the registration fee is £7 for a lifetime of changes (payable to the chipping company). We will help you register your details and show you how to access your account in the future should you need to update them.
We offer a special rate for litters of puppies, which we will happily call out and microchip in your own home, for litters we charge a £15 callout fee and £15 per puppy in the litter that gets microchipped. If you have not registered peddymark chips before you will need to set up a breeder account for a one off fee of £7.
What is a microchip?
A pet microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique identifier code that matches up to your pet’s details. Microchipping a dog is a quick and simple procedure. The chip is inserted under your dog’s skin, usually around the scruff of the neck, using an implant device.
All microchipped dogs can be checked for a microchip using a handheld electronic device, called a scanner. When this is waved over the dog’s neck, the scanner will recognise the unique information held inside the chip. This identifier code can be matched with the details stored on the microchip database.
Why should I microchip my dog?
As of 2016 it is now law in the UK for every dog to be microchipped & the owners details on the database MUST be kept up to date or you can face a penalty fine. A microchip is a permanent form of identification. As long as the details are kept up to date, you can always be contacted if your dog goes missing. If your dog is collected by the local authority dog warden, they will keep your dog for seven days. If they cannot identify or contact the owner after this period, your dog may be handed over to a re homing centre and permanently rehomed without your permission or they can be euthanised by the local authority. However if your dog is microchipped and is taken in by the dog warden, your contact details will be easily found and you can collect them, even if their collar and ID tag have fallen off.
Each year we look after many dogs who we know must have come from loving homes as they are friendly, affectionate and have had training. But sadly, without a microchip, we have no way of reuniting them with their owners so we find them new loving families instead, even though we know that somewhere out there a heartbroken owner is missing them terribly. It’s really important to keep your dog’s details up to date, too. We have rehomed dogs whose owners we could not get in touch with because the details on the microchip were not current.
How old should my dog be to get a microchip?
Dogs can be microchipped from at least seven or eight weeks old. Under the new microchipping law that came into effect on 6 April 2016, all dogs and puppies must be microchipped and registered by the age of eight weeks by the breeder.
Will the microchip hurt my dog?
Microchipping is a quick procedure but it does involve a needle so is likely to be uncomfortable for your dog for a few seconds.
The law on microchipping
When you get a new puppy or adult dog, get your vet to scan them as soon as possible to check the chip works. Since the 6th April 2016, all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped. As of that date, owners of dogs and puppies over the age of eight weeks must also have registered their pet’s microchip details on one of the authorised databases. These databases are run by private companies, and not by the government or the council.
Dog owners are also required to keep their pet’s details up to date with the database under the new law. As well as being microchipped, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it when in a public place. Owners who do not get their dog microchipped and registered with an approved database face a fine of up to £500 if caught. The only exception to this law for pet dogs are those who a vet believes should not be chipped for health reasons. If you rehome your dog to someone else, you must give the new owner the correct microchip registration paperwork so that they can contact the database and register as the dog’s new owner.
Will my new puppy be microchipped before I take them home?
Puppies must be microchipped before they go to their new homes under the new law that came into effect on the 6th April 2016. The breeder should be the first registered keeper of the puppy – they are breaking the law if they do not register the puppy by the time he or she is eight weeks old. Breeders should also pass on correct microchip paperwork to the new owner when the puppy goes home. If you are buying a small or toy breed, such as a Chihuahua, a vet may decide it’s better to wait to get the puppy chipped when they are older and bigger. If this is the case, the breeder must give you a certificate signed by a vet to prove this instead of the certificate of registration. However, there is really no reason for small breeds not to be chipped; kittens are frequently chipped from as young as eight weeks, and they are much smaller than small breed dogs. If a breeder has not microchipped and registered the puppy before you take them home, and cannot give you evidence to show the reason for the delay, walk away.
Whenever you buy or rescue a puppy or adult dog, you should ask your vet to scan them on your first visit to make sure that the chip corresponds with the paperwork you’ve been given. Errors can and do happen easily, so always make sure the chip and paperwork match.
Is my dog’s microchip proof of ownership?
No. Under the new Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations legislation. It states that the person who primarily cares for the dog and keeps them in their home is called a ‘keeper’, not an ‘owner’. The dog’s microchip must be registered to the ‘keeper’, who may not always be the owner.
Some rescue organisations used to keep chips registered in the name of the rescue instead of the owner, but under the new law this is no longer allowed, however chip companies have now issued "dual registration" microchips where the rescues details and the keepers details can be added at the same time. If you rehome a rescue dog, their chip details must be registered in your name. Many rescues will do this automatically when you rehome the dog, but always check. This means this person has legal responsibility for their dog and can be held responsible if the dog falls foul of any law, including straying or causing injury, but it does not prove legal ownership.
How do I check if my dog’s microchip details are up to date?
It's really important to keep the details on the chip up to date. If your dog goes missing and your details are incorrect, you significantly decrease the chances of being reunited with your pet. When you get your dog microchipped you should receive confirmation from the database your dog’s details are registered with. To check if your dog’s details are correct, simply contact the database that holds the details on your dog’s chip. If you don’t have a certificate of registration or other type of confirmation from the microchip database, you can ask us to check which database your dog is registered to and we can also help to confirm/update your details if needed.
How and when should I change my dog’s microchip details?
If you move and have a change of address or name, don’t forget to update your dog’s details too. To do this, get in touch with the database that holds your dog’s details. Depending on which database your dog is registered with, you might be able to do this over the phone or online, or you may have to do so by post. The cost of actually getting your dog microchipped covers only the implantation of the chip itself; it doesn’t cover the cost of registering or changing your details in the future. Pet microchip databases charge an admin fee of between £6 and £20 to change and update dogs’ details. Some will charge you each time you want to change your details, and others charge an upfront fee that covers all changes for the whole of your dog’s life. Check with your database to find out how they are administered. If you don’t keep your details up to date, the chances of you being reunited with your pet if they go missing significantly decrease. Don’t run the risk of never seeing your dog again.