As from April 2016 it became compulsory for all dogs in Scotland, England and Wales to be identified by a microchip.

As well a getting your dog microchipped you must also ensure your details on the database are kept up to date.


Scottish regulations can be found in detail here


Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.


How it works

A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin, or in the neck for horses. This gives the pet their own unique code.

The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database.

Pets are lost without it

Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.

While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.

Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.

Don't forget about cats!


We see more stray cats and cats involved in road traffic accidents without owners than dogs


Microchips are not just for dogs!