What is the law?
As of April 6th 2016, all dogs that are 8 weeks of age or over must be microchipped. To comply with the law you must comply with points 1 AND 2;
1. Ensure your dog has a microchip that is registered on a UK database.
2. Ensure that the details held against your dog's microchip are current at all times.
Note that, in addition to a microchip, there is still a legal requirement to have a collar and tag on your dog in a public place. The tag must have the owner's name and address; a telephone number is also advisable.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a transmitter about the size of a small uncooked grain of rice. It is implanted under the dog's skin between the shoulder blades. It bears a unique number, which is displayed when a scanner passes over the chip. When the database operator is contacted and given that number, they will be able to find the details of the registered keeper of the dog.
Does it hurt?
Inserting a microchip hurts your dog as much as having a normal injection. The chip and needle are completely sterile and the injection site is very small and heals very quickly. Only fully trained people are allowed to insert microchips. It is extremely rare that there are any complications from inserting a microchip.
Where can I get my dog microchipped?
Any vet will microchip your dog.
Winchester City Council have officers who are trained to microchip dogs. Keep an eye open on this page for details of upcoming microchipping sessions.
If you can get together with neighbours to find 5 or more dogs that need chipping in the same area, contact us and we'll arrange to come out. Give us a ring on 01962 848350 or Email EHealth@winchester.gov.uk to arrange it.
What is the cost to have a dog microchipped?
Costs vary but Winchester City Council are currently microchipping dogs FREE OF CHARGE!
So where is Winchester City Council's next microchipping session?
There are no events planned at the moment but watch this space.