Microchipping became a legal requirement for all dogs on the 31st of March 2016. It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. It also became a legal requirement for puppies born after the 1st of June 2015 to be microchipped. Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000.
Microchipping is now universally recognised as the best way to make your pet permanently identifiable and gives you great peace of mind in the event that your pet goes missing. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted painlessly under the skin by a vet or suitable trained person like a veterinary nurse. It stores a unique number which can be read by an electronic scanner. You will have to register your contact details with the provider of the microchip and your certificate will be sent out to you.
Remember to keep them updated if you move house or change your number. If your dog is already microchipped, you need to check your contact details are correct on the microchipping database and ensure you are in receipt of a microchipping certificate.
If your details are not up to date, it will not be possible to contact you in the event that your pet is found. Contact your local veterinary practitioner for further information.