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Microchipping is a legal requirement for cats and dogs

L.A.A. can microchip your pet for the small fee of £10.

Please telephone us on 01455 888257 to make an appointment.


Since 2016, all dogs have been required by law to be microchipped and registered on an authorised database by the age of 8 weeks and before transfer to a new keeper. It is then the responsibility of the dog's owner to keep contact details up to date.


Cat owners have until June 2024 to chip and register cats by the time they reach 20 weeks old. They also need to keep their pet's contact details up to date on the microchip database.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique number linked to the owner's contact details on a central database. The procedure is simple, safe and quick. The chip is simply inserted between the shoulder blades, using a needle, by a vet or trained professional. It should hurt no more than a vaccination does. One chip lasts a lifetime. 

If your pet is found straying, the chip number can be picked up using an electronic scanner that vets, rescue centres and dog wardens all have. Your contact details can then be sought from the database. It is good practice to ask your vet to scan your pet when it goes in for vaccination. 

It is a good idea to supply several contact numbers to the database. You will also be given a tag saying that your pet is chipped; it is worthwhile attaching this to your pet’s collar as not only does it let someone who finds your dog know they are chipped, it also acts as a deterrent to thieves.  

Keep your details up-to-date!

REMEMBER: A chip is only as useful as the details that are linked to it. If you move house, change your telephone number or the ownership of the dog changes, you must let the database know.

Owners found not to have microchipped their pet will have 21 days to have one implanted, or may face a fine of up to £500.
If you would like us to microchip your pet please telephone us on 01455 888257 to make an appointment.