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FAQ Compulsory Microchipping

Compulsory microchipping has been campaigned for by charities and veterinary organisations including the BVA, Dogs Trust and RSPCA for many years.

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Microchipping dogs is now a legal requirement in England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. It has been compulsory in Northern Ireland since 2012.

Permanent identification of dogs through microchipping has many benefits. It can help reunite strays with their owners, help tackle puppy farming, and encourage responsible ownership. In pedigree dogs it facilitates the reporting and screening of hereditary health problems.

The requirements for dog owners and implanters will vary depending on the location - there are 5 separate Regulations for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We have complied a list of frequently asked questions for each of these areas:

If you are an implanter and have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us. However, we strongly recommend that all implanters read the relevant Regulations and familiarise themselves with the new requirements - not only so they can educate pet owners accordingly, but also as some of the changes affect implanters directly.