All Dogs must be Microchipped by April

From this April it will be compulsory for dogs to be fitted with a microchip.

The change in the law is intended to deal with an increasing number of stray dogs.  The chips are coded with the owners’ details and dog owners who do not get their dogs chipped could be fined.

It will also be a requirement to update the database with any changes to the owner’s details, ike a change of address.

If you’re thinking of buying a puppy, make sure that the breeder has had it microchipped. If your dog has not yet been chipped, please contact your vet who will be able to help you.

More information is available on the Durham County Council website http://www.durham.gov.uk/microchipping