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Microchip and identity tags

As of 6th April 2016, it is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and records kept up to date. Please visit either https://www.petlog.org.uk/ or https://www.pettrac.co.uk/pet-owners/update-pet-microchip/ depending on which microchip your animal has, if you need to amend the records.

A microchip is a pet identification method involving an integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog, cat, horse, or other animal. The pet microchips are about the size of a large grain of rice.

The implantation of the chip is a quick and relatively painless procedure that should not hurt much more than a vaccination. In the case of dogs and cats this would be done just behind their shoulder blades by a qualified implanter using a special pre-packed sterile needle.

Identity Tags

It is a sad fact that thousands of pets go missing every year and are not returned to their owner because they have no form of identification. As animals cannot speak for themselves, it is extremely important to know that they are properly identified so that if lost, when found, they can be returned to their relieved owner as quickly as possible. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your postcode is optional but we would strongly advise that you include it. Your telephone number is also optional (but advisable).

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.


  • Dogs used on official duties by the armed forces, HM Customs & Excise or the police
  • Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds
  • Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin
  • Dogs used for driving or tending cattle or sheep
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Dogs used for emergency rescue work