Identification for Dogs – Microchipping and collars/ID

Hundreds of animals are brought to veterinary practices every year, by the RSPCA, the Police and members of the public. Some are completely healthy! Others are sick or injured. Pets without ID are stray. Strays animals, where possible are rehomed, or alternative difficult decisions have to be made based on age, injury, and health.

Microchipping is compulsory in dogs by 8 weeks of age. The breeder should already had them microchipped and passed on all relevant documentation to you so you can transfer ownership into your details. This must be done as soon as you have taken ownership of your new puppy.

It is permanent identification, through a quick and simple implantation. A rice sized chip is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades

It is proof of ownership if your pet is stolen

It allows reunification if your pet is lost, stolen or injured

Can be implanted from an early age

You should have your pet’s microchip checked at least annually and ensure your contact details are up to date at all times.

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 (

Microchipping for dogs is mandatory if they are to travel abroad.