New regulations for microchipping from 6th April 2016.

Under the new Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, it is compulsory for dogs over eight weeks old to be fitted with a microchip. From 6 April 2016, dogs must be chipped and their owner or keeper's contact details kept up to date. Failure to do so may result in a criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.

The new regulation excludes working dogs or those which the vet certifies should not be chipped due to ill health.

Microchipping is a simple and painless procedure which involves inserting a tiny chip into the dog's neck. The chip contains a unique identification number which can be read by a scanner. Contact details of the owner or keeper are registered against the unique identification number.

The new regulation will make it easier to find the owners or keepers of found or stray dogs. If the dog is not chipped or if the contact details are out of date, the owner or keeper will be served with a notice to put this right within 21 days. Non compliance of this notice will result in a £500 fine plus associated costs.

Contact your local vet for information about chipping your dog.