It is now a legal requirement for all dogs in Ireland to be microchipped. Microchipping is universally recognized as the most effective way to make your dog permanently identifiable. If your dog gets lost or stolen, microchipping is the most effective way to ensure your dog is returned to you. If your dog is not already chipped, you could face a hefty fine of up to 5,000 euro!
Having your pet microchipped is quick and painless. It is a simple procedure involving the placement of an electronic chip (about the size of a rice grain) under the skin at the back of your pet’s neck. Once inserted, the chip is there for life and does not need to be replaced or updated.
Once the microchip is in place, you must register your details to that chip. Veterinary clinics, dog wardens and animal welfare organisations routinely ‘scan’ stray animals for microchips. If the animal is chipped, the chip number will appear on the scanner and the owner’s name and details can be retrieved in minutes. The owner can then be contacted and a safe return home for the animal can be arranged. Simple!
If you have any questions or would like to get your dog chipped, contact the clinic.