Legal Requirement in Ireland

Since the 31st March 2016, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs and puppies to be microchipped in Ireland. We do recommend that cats are also microchipped in the event that they get lost.


The implantation of a microchip is very quick and easy. There is no need for anaesthetic. The microchip is inserted with a sterile needle under the skin between the shoulders. The chip is around the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip has a unique 15-digit number that your contact details will be added to. The microchip can be read by running a scanning device over the body: the chip will be picked up by a radio wave frequency. The microchip number can then be entered into a database where we can access your details and contact you about your lost pet.


It is vital that the Microchip is registered in the database with your current details or if you have taken an animal from somewhere else that you transfer the microchip to your details. If you are worried your pet is microchipped but not registered, just contact us and we will give you the correct information.

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