In April 2016, microchipping became a legal requirement for all dog owners in the UK. Failure to get your dog microchipped by the age of eight weeks old could result in a fine of up to £500, and local councils have been quick to take advantage of these new laws. A man in Burnley was recently fined £330 for not microchipping his dog, and a woman in Sheffield was given a £630 fine for failing to get her dog microchipped, even though the council instructed her of a free microchipping service that was available to her.
How much does it cost to get a dog microchip?
Not only is getting your pets microchipped essential, but owners must also keep their details up-to-date or they could face similar fines. A common question that people as is, how much does it cost to get a dog microchip? The cost of microchipping is very low, with some places even offering the service for free. Most places that offer dog microchipping will charge around £10-£15 for the service, which should include the implant, a qualified technician to fit it and registration to a reputable microchip database.
Essential questions to ask before microchipping your dog
- It’s important that the person fitting the microchip is trained and qualified to do so. Beware of mobile services offering lower than average prices, and always ask to see their qualifications before letting them implant any microchips. If you are wary, always remind yourself: how much does it cost to get a dog microchip? If the person is offering an unrealistically low price, it’s probably best to stay away.
- Check which microchips they use, as some might not be picked up by microchip scanners in the UK, which means if your pet is ever lost, anyone that finds your pet will struggle to find their microchip number. All SmartChip microchips are ISO 11874/11785 compatible and can be picked up by FDX-B and Universal microchip scanners alike.
- If you have a small breed, check if your implanter plans to use a regular microchip or a mini-microchip. Mini microchips are 4mm smaller than their regular sized counterparts and are therefore better suited to smaller breed dogs, or in cats, rabbits and ferrets. The smaller microchip means that the antenna is shorter, and the frequency radius which the microchip scanner can pick up is shorter, so they are not suitable for larger animals.
- Check which microchip database your pet’s microchip is registered to, and make sure you check with the database company that your details have been registered. A microchipped dog is no use if there are no details against the record, or if the details are out of date. Always check that the company will allow you to update your details if you need to change address on a dog microchip.