Do I Have To Microchip My Dog?

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Do I have to Microchip my Dog?

Yes.  Microchipping your dog has become an important part of owning a pet.In April 2016, it became illegal to not microchip your Dog.

Yes.  Microchipping your dog has become an important part of owning a pet.In April 2016, it became illegal to not microchip your Dog.

Microchips act like a collar I’D tag, in that they hold unique identifiable details, like the Dog’s name, breed and colour of the Dog and all the details of the registered owner, in case it runs away or gets lost/ stolen.  It can be used to identify the Dog and reunite him/her with their registered owners. However, that is where the similarities to a collar I’D tag end. 

It is now illegal to not microchip your Dog in England, Scotland and Wales.  Not having your Dog micro-chipped could lead to a fine of up to £500.  The only EXCEPTION to this is if a Vet deems a Dog not suitable to have a microchip due to health reasons. 

What is a Microchip?

However, that is where the similarities to a collar I’D tag end.

The Microchip itself is a tiny transponder, roughly the size of a large grain of rice.

The Microchip is implanted into the Dog, roughly at the base of the neck, between the shoulder blades.  It stays in that particular Dog for the whole of its life.

It doesn’t require batteries. 

What age should I Microchip my Dog?

It is possible to microchip a Dog at any age.  However, it is suggested to be better and more comfortable for the Dog if you do it at an age no younger than 7 weeks.

This is due to the skin being firmer around the puppy’s neck and this can make for an easier insertion of the microchip and make it less painful for the puppy.

When inserting/implanting the microchip, many Dog breeds have thicker skin around their neck at younger ages, but universally it is accepted that between 7 to 8 weeks of age is the minimum age for microchipping a Dog, as this is a time when they will not feel as much pain and it will be more comfortable for them

 

What Date did Dog Microchipping become law in UK?

Having Dogs microchipped became law/compulsory on the 6TH April 2016. 

This is to help the welfare of Dogs around the UK.  It also benefits stray/stolen Dogs, as Dogs which are found, can be scanned by the Dog Wardens, Vet’s, Police and various charity or Dog rescue centres that help deal with lost Dogs.  The microchip number, which is unique to that Dog, is then entered into a database, which will return details of the Dogs registered owners.  From there go they can go on to be reunited.

Puppies that are being sold and those from registered breeders, now need to be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old and ready to go to a new home by law.

 This means that the details of both those who are breeding them as well as the family, who purchase the puppy, have their details registered to them as well.  However the “breeder” or person you purchased your puppy from should be the first registered name on the microchip documentation.

How long does it take to Microchip my Dog?

The actual process of microchipping your puppy is very simple and quick.  It takes literally as long to insert the microchip as it does to have an injection.

How is the Microchip inserted into my Dog?

Once the paperwork has been done, and relevant questions asked, for safety, it merely involves a needle being inserted into the scruff of the neck of the Dog, usually, and the microchip is inserted using a pre loaded instrument which nowadays looks just like an injection needle.  The transponder/chip is already inside the instrument, and sterile, so the implanter simply gives an “injection” type procedure, and that is it…  All done!

Can anyone microchip my Dog?

No.  Not just anyone can microchip your Dog! 

You need to have a successfully completed a microchip implanting course, in order to be able to do this yourself.

However, there are courses available in the UK, for people to learn how to microchip Dogs themselvesAnd these are often courses which last only a couple of days, so they can be fitted into most hectic schedules.

Much of the time Dogs are microchipped by veterinarians or qualified vet nurses.  However, nowadays, many Dog groomers and Dog trainers along with Dog breeders, also carry out Dog microchipping.  Providing an all round service/package.

How much does it cost to microchip my Dog?

The cost of microchipping your Dog will vary, depending on where in the world you live.  However, here in the UK it can cost roughly between £10 and £15 to get your Dog microchipped.  Sometimes is can a bit more to have it done by a vet or vet nurse, often depending on whether or not any other services are purchased at the same time.  Sometimes, if you have more than one Dog, you can get a discount, especially if you are having a litter of puppies’ microchipped.  Also, some rescue charities have microchip discount days, so it’s worth checking this out too…

Many people now offer microchipping as a service. From Dog walkers to pet sitters, however it is important to make sure that the person to who is going to microchip your Dog is qualified to carry out the procedure. 

You can also check their details by asking them if they are a registered microchip implanter, and if so, which implanter code do they have.  Different companies that sell microchips have a different prefix to their implanter codes, which the implanter needs to register any implants they do, and also they need this in order to lawfully purchase microchips.  It is your Dog at the end of the day, and you are well within your rights to ask for proof they can implant.

What is a Microchip Scanner?

A Microchip Scanner is a portable, handheld device which picks up the transponder signal which is emitted from the Microchip inserted into the animal.

When a handheld scanning device, is passed over the length of your Dog’s body, if they have a microchip implanted, the scanner will pick it up and emit a loud beep, notifying that a chip is present.  The screen of the scanner will show a long number, with a couple of letters.  These together, make a unique microchip number, your Dog’s unique microchip number.

All the information about the Dog, including breed, and any unique identifiable marks, or scars, is electronically stored on a database paired with that unique microchip number.

The database covers the whole country, and in some cases that information may actually cover all Europe.  Depending on the microchip company and the database they use, and applicable data laws.  (Please refer to your microchip paperwork

 for details of where the information is stored)

There’s a huge variety Microchip Scanners available, with differing price points.  (This Halo Microchip Scanner, has option of with or without carry case & a variety of colours. Please click the image for further product information)

One thing to bear in mind when you are looking to purchase a Microchip scanner, is it’s ability to read different types of transponder/Microchip.   The majority of Microchip scanners available to purchase in the UK are only able to read the Microchips which are known as FDX-B (ISO compliant, 15 digits).  Some, not all, can read the FDX -A (10 Digit) Microchips & then there are models which can read both FDX -B & FDX-A Microchips.  As if that isn’t enough information to get our heads around, for those animals here in the UK that had a Microchip implanted in the USA, notably the Friendchip, then they would need to be scanned with a Scanner which covers ALL protocols.  If your reason for purchasing a Microchip Scanner is for your own pet, then models like those in this Dog Blog should suffice, (please check on your pets paperwork prior to purchase to see which type of Transponder is implanted, FDX-A or B) 

Here are some more of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative. Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner that I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links (please refer to my full disclosure throughout my website) therefore if you do use them, I may receive a commission. However, these products are a selection of the products I use with my own Dogs and I have no problem at all in recommending them to likeminded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much as I can put my Dogs food in it and freeze it, it becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them!

Tough Dog MuzzleDingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff, but, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. If you have difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dog/s, or if you have dexterity issues with your hands (like me, I have arthritis), then this product can make it much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease. TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do! So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use, it tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick that is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet and I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet. However, regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there are some vitamins and minerals that are just a tad harder to find than others, and that is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut, recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock, natural source of B group vitamins which are essential for growth and healthy nervous and digestive system.. there are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my Dogs condition, especially one which is on long term sterodial medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage I know the use of Dog cages/crates is always likely to be a contentious one in the Dog owning world, however I do believe it’s a personal choice, and there are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use. First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in, and that is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage, It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. I recently purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand. The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic. For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time, in terms of foldable portable Dog cages go, and they fitted my Dogs at that time and my vehicles with ease. I used to tether them to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles so they were secure, and they didn’t move. they may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view, especially if they are going in a vehicle. ( Although there are specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, I am simply talking about foldable cages here, in this Dogblog) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you, I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some of my current recommendations, check out my other DogBlogs here!

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