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Dogs Trust logoFree microchipping for dogsBook an appointment at a Dogs Trust centre or event

Eng, Sco, Wal & NI

The law's changing - from April 2016, all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland must be microchipped. It's already compulsory in Northern Ireland. While this normally costs £15-£20 at a local vets, you can get it done for free (please donate if you can) when you book an appointment with the charity Dogs Trust.

Microchipping your dog (a tiny implant about the size of a grain of rice) stores your details as its owner on an electronic database, which makes it much easier to reunite you with your pooch should he/she ever get lost. As long as they're at least eight weeks old, you can have dogs of any breed or size microchipped.

If there's no Dogs Trust centre near you, or if you can't get an appointment, see for free microchipping events happening all over the UK.

MSE Anthony says:

A great freebie for dog owners, but Dogs Trust is a charity so donations are gratefully received.

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There are no restrictions on how many dogs can be microchipped per owner, as long as you book an appointment in advance. The microchipping process takes about 10 minutes to complete and Dogs Trust says it won't cause your dog any lasting discomfort.

The tiny implant includes a unique ID number that's stored alongside the owners name and address, which means if your dog goes missing, it's easier to trace as the code can be read by radio-wave scanners. For more information, see the Dogs Trust Microchipping page.

Most vets would normally charge £15-£20 for a dog to be microchipped. Some pet shops also offer microchipping, for example, Pets At Home and Pets Corner both charge £14.99.

You can get it done for £10 at the PDSA (a separate charity from Dogs Trust) if you receive council tax or housing benefit, or the housing element of the universal credit. Look out for discounted weekends and deals as you occasionally get it even cheaper.

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