Your dog should be identified at all times. All dogs are required by law to wear a collar and ID tag, and from April 2016 all dogs must be microchipped, meaning that if your dog goes astray you can be reunited with it quickly. Here’s how you can identify your pet.
- Ensure your dog is microchipped. This is a very simple and painless procedure, and can be done by your local vet.
- Each microchip has a unique number which is held in a central database with your name, address and telephone numbers, so if the animal is found and scanned, you can be contacted. It is a very efficient and the only permanent form of ID, and most animal welfare organisations, animal wardens and vets hold scanners to check for microchips.
- If your pet is microchipped, don’t forget to inform Petlog, who manage the central database, if you move house or change any details including your mobile phone number. You will receive details on how to do this when the animal is microchipped. Petlog can be contacted on 0844 4633 999 or visit www.petlog.org.uk
Collar and tag
- All dogs should wear a collar with an identification tag at all times. ID tags attached to a collar cost very little, are easily replaced if they get lost or your details change, and the details are immediately available to anyone who finds the lost pet.
- It is a legal requirement for your dog to wear a collar with a tag at all times, and you could get fined if the dog is found without a collar and tag.