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Microchipping – Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to be compliant with the new law?

Your dog now needs to be microchipped and registered with a government approved database (see below). You will also need to have a Dog Microchipping Certificate in your possession.

What do I need to bring with me to get my dog microchipped?

You will need to bring Photo ID and a Utility bill with your current address, from the previous 3 months, (and your dog!).

What do I need to do if my dog is microchipped already?

You will need to contact your database provider to check your details are correct and to obtain a Dog Microchipping Certificate. The certificate may cost between and €4.50 and €15 per dog. This may vary between databases.

I don’t know if my dog is microchipped / I don’t know my dog’s microchip number.

Your local vet practice will be able to scan your dog to see if he/she has a microchip. You will then need to check that microchip is registered correctly with an approved database.

If you are a client of The Irish Blue Cross and you are unsure if your dog is microchipped or not, you should ask our vet to check this for you.

My dog is microchipped but not in my name.

You will need to search europetnet.com to see which database your dog is registered with. You will then need to contact this database to change your dog’s details and have him or her registered in your name.

I don’t know if my dog is registered with an approved database.

europetnet.com will allow you to search your dog’s microchip number and see if it is registered with one of the recognised database providers. You can then contact your database directly to enquire about getting a Dog Microchipping Certificate.

If your dog’s chip is not registered with an approved database you must chose an approved database to register with. The database will ask for your and your dogs details. They will then need to check the chip number to ensure it has a unique identifying number before registering the chip. This may take a little time. Eg animark.ie and go to “Register My Pet”. Fill in the details. Once they have confirmed it is a unique identifying chip they will send you out a certificate.

I don’t know who my database provider is?

europetnet.com will allow you to search your dog’s microchip number and see if it is registered with one of the recognised database providers. You can then contact your database directly to enquire about getting a Dog Microchipping Certificate.

Which databases are approved?

The following are presently the only approved databases within Ireland;

  • Animark
  • Fido
  • Irish Coursing Club
  • Irish Kennel Club

I have brought my dog to Ireland from Abroad. What do I need to do?

If you are away on holiday or a short stay you do not need to do anything as your pet must have a pet passport and a microchip.

If you are staying for longer you will need to register your dog’s microchip and your ownership details with an approved database within 3 weeks of arrival.

How will the legislation be enforced?

Local authorities, authorised officers under the Animal, Health and Welfare Act 2013 and An Garda Siochana are responsible for enforcing the law. Vets advise owners to microchip their dogs. Owners of dogs found without a chip well after the 1st April 2016 deadline could face a fine of up to €5,000.

Do I still need a dog licence?

Yes.

My dog is elderly and doesn’t leave the house. Do I still need a microchip?

Yes. Under the new legislation all dogs must be microchipped.

How much will microchipping cost me?

The Irish Blue Cross microchips dogs of eligible owners, who are on means tested benefits for just €10 at our Inchicore Clinic by appointment only.

 

 
       
     

 
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