Pet microchipping and neutering

The council no longer provide a pet microchipping service.

If you lose your dog, it goes missing or is stolen, the best way to be reunited with your pet is to have them microchipped.

On 6th April 2016, it became law for all dogs to be microchipped and registered with your most current contact details. To be microchipped, your dog must be at least eight weeks old and in good general health.

Please be aware it is a legal requirement to have a collar and tag on any dog in a public place showing the name and address of the owner, even if the dog is microchipped.

How can I get my dog microchipped?

You can attend one of the regular free microchipping events run by Dogs Trust or enquire at your local vets.

Keeping your details up to date

Microchipping legislation also requires that the owner's details are kept up-to-date.  You must therefore ensure that your microchip details are correct at all times by updating your registration if you 

  • Change your contact telephone number
  • Move to a new address
  • Pass the dog on to a new owner

The four main microchipping companies are:

Unexpected reaction to a microchip

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and the process is harmless to your pet. Occasionally, in a very small number of cases your pet may suffer an adverse reaction. You can report an unexpected reaction to an animal medicine or microchip to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.


The Dogs Trust runs a subsidised neutering scheme to dog who meet certain criteria.  To find out if you qualify contact:-

  • your local vet to ask if they are participating in the scheme
  • the neutering hotline tel 0333 202 1148

Last Updated on Monday, March 6, 2023