Is microchipping a must? Does my pet really need one?
Although no one likes to think of their pet getting lost or stolen, unfortunately it does happen, as each and every year some 250,000 pets go missing. Collar identification tags are a legal requirement for dogs, but are not the best solution in themselves as they can fall off, break, or be removed. Microchipping is a permanent solution that greatly increases the chances that a lost pet will be reunited safely with its owner. If a pet is stolen and recovered by authorities, a microchip might provide the only means to identify and contact the owner.
England and Wales
From 6th April 2016 all dogs in England and Wales to be micro-chipped and registered by the breeder on an authorised database by the time they are 8 weeks old and before they transfer to a new keeper. The new keeper must then register the dog in their name and keep their details up to date.
Have draft legislation in place but are still consulting on the regulations but it is highly likely that compulsory micro-chipping will come into force on 6th April 2016.
Since April 2012 all dogs held under an individual dog licence have to be microchipped.