Losing your dog is one of the most upsetting and stressful experiences for any dog owner. Every dog has the potential to stray or be stolen. Last year nearly 5,000 dogs faced being put to sleep simply because owners hadn’t updated their contact details. There are ways you can prevent this happening as well as giving yourself the best chance of being reunited with your pooch should the worse happen.
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As of April 2016 it is compulsory for every dog to have a microchip (for more information on microchipping visit). As a dog owner it is also a legal requirement to keep your dog’s chip details up to date and for your dog to wear a collar and tag in public.
Keep Your Chip Details Up to Date
As well as having your dog microchipped it is important to remember to keep their chip details updated. If you move house or change your phone number, you must contact your microchip database. This is the most effective way to ensure you will be reunited with your dog should it go missing. It is also a legal requirement to keep these details up to date. If your details are not correct on the microchip you could face a fine.
It’s really simple to update the details for your dog’s microchip - you can do it online, by telephone or by post – depending on which database your chip is registered to. Charges for updating your chip details do vary across the microchip databases. You will need to know which microchipping database your pet is registered to in the UK. Then you can contact the database directly to make your changes.
UK Microchip Databases
Collar and Tag
The contact details on your dog’s tag enables any member of the public to help return your dog to you should it go missing. If a dog warden is called and your dog is wearing a tag, they will attempt to return the dog to you straight away without having to take your dog to the pound. This will ensure your dog is less likely to be picked up and impounded by the local dog warden and will avoid you having to pay a fee to get your dog back. Having up to date contact details on the tag is often therefore the quickest way to be reunited with your dog.
When your dog is in a public place, the law states it must wear a collar and tag with the name and address of the owner on. This applies even if the dog has been microchipped and even if the dog is on a lead. If your dog is found without a collar and tag you could face a fine of up to £5,000.
If your dog is missing click here to see what you can do.