MicrochipOn 1st June 2015, new regulations came into force about dog microchipping in Ireland. The changes are very positive for dogs and their owners, and Anicare want to help our valued clients understand what all this means for them and their dogs.
What is new?
All newborn puppies must now be microchipped and registered on a database by 12 weeks of age. From March 31st 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered, regardless of their age. This can only be done by people with the correct training and authorisation, such as the team at Anicare. Our team regularly microchip dogs under our care and it is a very popular procedure, but the difference is that the new regulations make it compulsory for owners to get this done.
What are the benefits?
Dog microchipping is a very positive thing for dogs and owners, which is why it is one of the most common and popular procedures requested by Anicare clients already. If a dog is found and brought to a veterinary clinic, dog pound or animal welfare charity, they can scan the dog and read the 15 digit code from the microchip. They can then contact the database, and the dog can be linked with the details of its loved ones.
Microchipping and registration is also necessary for obtaining pet passports for travel abroad, and also helps to reduce crimes such as dog theft. It helps to protect dog welfare by reducing the pressure on dog pounds and animal charities from lost dogs.
What happens when I get my dog microchipped?
Your dog will be checked over and then the microchip (which is the size of a grain of rice) will be inserted using a sterile needle, between the shoulder blades at the back of the neck. This procedure is very quick and no sedation is required. The microchip contains a unique 15-digit number which can be read using a scanner. We then provide the details of the authorised database where your pet’s number must be registered.
What about updating the database?
If you move house or change your contact details, you should contact the microchip database to update it accordingly, so that if the need arises you can be reunited with your dog. If you buy a dog which is already microchipped you should also update the database.
Our vet Eavan Ryan, at Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital, can advise you on this as she has moved house and country twice with her two dogs that are both microchipped.