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.
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