Today marks one month until the microchipping deadline. From Wednesday 6 April owners will have to make sure that their dog is chipped or face a fine of up to £500.
Of the 8.5 million dogs we have, 83% are already microchipped. However, with more than 100,000 strays picked up from our streets in 2015, having been lost, abandoned or stolen, compulsory chipping should help to pinpoint rightful owners and reunite more pets. Countries such Northern Ireland which already have compulsory microchipping have seen a decrease in the number of stray, lost and abandoned dogs.
If your dog is over the age of eight weeks, you must comply with the law unless you have a medical exemption certificate from your vet. Breeders are responsible for chipping puppies before they go to new homes. All microchip details must be kept updated when a dog changes hands.