Microchipping dogs becomes compulsory in April 2016

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In April 2016 all dogs from 8 weeks of age must be microchipped. According to a survey by MedicAnimal there are still a large number of dog owners who are not aware of this new legislation. In fact many taking part in the survey were worried about side-effects. This was expressed mainly by owners of elderly dogs.

As a veterinary nurse I see very few harmful effects. The benefit of being able to reunite a lost dog with its owner is an obvious plus. Also with dog theft on the increase it’s another way of being able to identify them accurately.

For the latest information visit www.legislation.gov.uk

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