Microchipping

Microchipping

Since April 1st 2016 it is now a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. Not complying with the regulations puts you at risk of €5000 fine or even imprisonment! It is not a legal requirement in cats. However, we highly recommend you get them microchipped too. Having your pet microchipped is one of the requirements necessary when you take your pet abroad so be sure to keep this in mind when preparing to travel.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if your beloved companion went missing? Where would you start searching? Microchipping ensures that your pet has your address and contact details with them at all times.

Unlike a collar or tag, a microchip cannot be easily removed or lost. When they are scanned, your pet's unique microchip number will reveal your contact information when entered into a central database, allowing your pet to be reunited with you as quickly as possible. It increases your chances of being reunited with your beloved pet if they ever go missing.

If you get your pet from a breeder and you have been told your pet is already microchipped please bring them to have their chip scanned. In most of these cases the dog/cat may be microchipped but will usually have the breeder’s information registered with the microchip or it won’t be registered at all! It is important that your pet has YOUR details not the breeders’ or a previous owner so be sure to have details updated when necessary.

For more information on microchipping, call us at 01 8348411 or email information@foxvets.ie