All dogs in England must be microchipped by 2016, cats left exempt

All dogs in England must be microchipped by 2016, cats left exempt

From April 2016, all dogs in England will be required to be microchipped for identification purposes. Owners that neglect to fit their dog with one of the chips could be fined up to £500 (roughly $780). “Chipping” pets is commonplace in the UK — most veterinarians recommend the procedure for both cats and dogs — and England’s move echoes that of Northern Ireland last year. The RFID chip, roughly the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades with a large syringe, and usually contains a 15-digit code comprised of a 3-digit country identifier and a 12-digit serial number unique to the animal. This information is then stored in a centralized database that also allows owners to include their contact information and…

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All dogs in England must be microchipped by 2016, cats left exempt

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