MicrochippingIf you own a dog, it's your responsibility to make sure it wears a collar and an identity tag.
From April 2012 all dogs must be fitted with a microchip before licensing.
You need to tell us the microchip number when you apply for your dog licence. If you do not know your dog's microchip number, please ask your vet to scan its chip, or contact the organisation that inserted its chip. If you do not enter the correct number we will be unable to process your licence.
About microchippingA microchip is a tiny metal device which is injected under a dog's skin between its shoulder blades. It helps to identify animals if they go missing or are stolen.
Every chip has its own unique ID number.
This number matches information about your dog held on a nationwide database, along with your contact details. You provide this information when the chip is fitted.
If your dog is found by our dog wardens or the police, they'll check to see if it has been fitted with a chip.
If it has, they'll check the device's ID number against the database to find you and return your dog safely.
AvailabilityMost vets offer a microchipping service.
Animal welfare groups, such as the Dogs Trust, can also fit dogs with chips.
PricesMicrochipping costs between £20 and £30. It is free if you are aged 60 or over or if you receive means-tested benefits.
Groups such as the Dogs Trust sometimes offer free or reduced prices. Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk for more information.