Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS

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Should I get my puppy microchipped?

Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS
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We all want to keep our puppy’s safe, microchipping and registering plays an important role in this, it’s also a legal requirement of dog ownership.

Sadly the owners of around 55,000 found dogs can’t be identified every year. By law, you must have your name and address on your dog’s collar tag, and microchipping and registering of dogs is also required in some parts of the country.

What’s the law on microchipping?

Microchipping of dogs is compulsory, regulations were brought in across the UK between 2015 and 2016. You must have your puppy chipped and registered.

What does it involve?

A tiny electronic device is inserted under the dog’s skin near the neck. It has a unique number that can be read by a scanner using a radio signal. Vets, police and animal welfare charities can use scanners to identify lost or injured dogs and then contact the owners.

Will it hurt my dog?

No. Microchipping feels like a mild sting and can be carried out on puppies of any age with no need for an anaesthetic, it’s really just like a large injection. Most vets offer a microchipping service and most of the time.

What happens next?

When you microchip your pet, your details and the number of your dog’s microchip will be added to a database. Your details need to be kept up to date on the database so remember to update the database if there are any changes. You will get the information on how to do so when you have your puppy chipped.

What are the benefits?

If your dog gets lost, injured or stolen, you’re more likely to have it swiftly returned to you. A microchip tag is a deterrent to thieves. Whereas as collar can just be taken off the microchip is far more permanent. If your puppy is in an accident when you are not around, a vet can contact you quickly to discuss any treatment.

Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS

Brian graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1995 and worked in mixed practice before studying for an MBA at Nottingham Business School in 2000/2001. After setting up and developing numerous veterinary practices in Suffolk in the 2000s, Brian was awarded the Petplan-UK Vet of the Year in 2008 after having been runner-up in 2007. Brian is currently the Petplan Pet Insurance media and PR vet and works in his own small animal veterinary practice 3 days a week. During his 20 year career Brian has worked in over 250 veterinary practices as a clinician, consultant and confidence coach.

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