Throughout the UK it is the law to microchip your dog and for them to wear an an identification tag when in public. Failure to do so could land you a fine.

There is some confusion with owners about whether dog tags are still required since the 2016 microchipping law came into force. The answer is: you need both.

Microchipping

Since 2016 all dogs in the UK have been legally required to be chipped by the time they reach 8 weeks old. Owners who have not abided by this recent law can expect a fine of up to £500. UK councils revealed that they have fined up to £18,802 since the law came into affect.

Microchipping your fury friend will put your mind at ease and ensure that they can be returned to you quickly and efficiently if they ever escaped or were stolen.

In 2015 over 110,000 stray dogs were picked up off the streets and over 47,500 were unclaimed. Chipping is vital for good dog welfare and a very simple solution for responsible pet owners.

The procedure involves a small sterile chip, the size of a grain of rice, implanted between the shoulder blades, just under the skin. The procedure is quick and usually painless for your dog. Each chip has a unique number that can be detected with a scanner and stores your address and contact details.

You must update your dog’s microchip details once you have moved house and ensure they are registered on a government standard database such as Petlog or Smartchip. You can find a list of the databases available on the government website.

Microchipping services are available from many difference sources in North Tyneside. Charities such as DogsTrust and Blue Cross can offer the service for free and often hold free events where owners can also talk to a professional about their pets’ health and safety requirements.

Your local vet can also offer the service, usually for a small fee. If you have an appointment for your dog to get chipped but you cannot make the appointment yourself due to work commitments or transport issues then you can contact Lou’s Dog Services today and we can transport your dog there on your behalf. Please make sure your vet is aware that we are acting on your behalf and you are fully registered.

Tagging

When your pooch is in public they should also be wearing a tag on their collar or harness. It is recommended to have engraved information such as your surname, address and telephone number. It is not advised to put your dog’s name on the tag as this could allow potential thieves to easily pick your dog up.

Even if your dog is chipped it is vital that your dog has a visible tag.

Local pet shops and retailers such as Pets At Home and Timpsons offer personalised ID tags for a small cost.

Here at Lou’s Dog Services we want the best for our customers and ensure that standards are met to keep your dog safe and healthy.