As of April 2016, it’s now a legal requirement for all dogs over 8-weeks to be microchipped in the UK. Failing to do so could land you with a fine of up to £500.
How does it work?
The ID chip is as small as a grain of rice and no more painful than a standard vaccination. The procedure only takes a few minutes, but the benefits last for life. The only thing that you need to remember is to keep your contact details up-to-date.
Why is it important?
ID chips are a worthwhile precaution for your four-legged friend as a microchipped pet is more likely to be returned to its owner if lost or stolen. Microchipping will also help cut down on the numbers of stray animals, helping to reduce the strain on local authorities and charities.
Is it expensive?
Costs for ID chips vary from £15.00 and £20.00 at private clinics while some charities offer them for free.
For more useful information on how ID chips work and why it’s important to use them, take a look at this helpful guide from Sainsbury’s Bank: