As of next month, all dogs over eight weeks of age will have to by law be microchipped and registered to an approved database.
The new law to be introduced on April 6th will encourage dog owners to take responsibility for their pets and be enforced by Police and local authority officials who will be issued with microchip reader scanner.
The owners of dogs who have not been microchipped and registered after this date could be fined £500.
If you sell or give your pet away to a new owner, it will be your responsibility to register the new details not that of the person who now has the dog. You are also responsible for updating the database if your dog was to pass away.
Microchipping will make reuniting lost dogs with their owners a lot easier and also resolve disputes about the ownership of pets. Having to keep ownership details up to date on approved databases will also be very helpful and might improve the reliability of data currently held which according to the National Dog Warden Association might only be 40% accurate.
"We as a company welcome the introduction of the new law," commented Kate Richards, Territory Manager of Budget Vets. "The vast majority of the dogs we provide health care for are well looked after and their owners either already have or have booked their dogs in to be microchipped."
"We also work with a lot of local animal charities including The Dog's Trust and are frequently asked to provide medical treatment for dogs that have been neglected, abandoned and sometimes abused. The new law will hopefully make dog owners more responsible and reduce the number of these cases and also help authorities trace the perpetrators of these callous acts."
Budget Vets are currently offering free microchipping to dog owners until the 6th April. Get in touch with us now to book your appointment.
If you have any questions regarding the new law, getting your dog microchipped or ensuring your details are up to date on the database, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.