Microchipping Is Now Compulsory From 6th April 2016 microchipping is compulsory for all dog owners in the U.K. and all puppies should be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. Microchipping ensures that should your dog be lost (or be stolen), he is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound. As all puppies should be traceable to their breeder, it could reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessen the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer. DAWGS ensures all DAWGS dogs are microchipped. If your dog isn’t microchipped yet contact your vet now – its a quick, easy and inexpensive procedure. A tiny chip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the loose skin on the back of its neck, giving it a unique 15-digit code. If a dog is lost or gets stolen and is picked up by a council or a vet etc., the microchip can be scanned and matched to contact details stored on a database. Police and local authority employees will be issued with microchip reader scanners. Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face a fine of up to £500. If local authorities come across a dog without a microchip, owners will have up to 21 days to comply with the law or be fined so get your dog chipped now!