From April 2016 it becomes the law that every dog in the UK must be microchipped.
Losing a pet you love is devastating. Microchips help them find their way home.
It's a quick and easy way of protecting your pet for life.
Our Home Pet 365 service is designed to notify, identify and reunify lost pets rapidly.
If your pet's microchip is registered on the FREE Pet Identity UK database, you can report them lost and we will automatically alert all dog wardens, vets and animal welfare services within a 10 mile radius of your lost pet - AT NO COST.
Please remember - a microchip only works when your details are kept up to date. If you've changed address, got a new phone number or no longer own your pet - let us know below.
Our unique Tag I.D. is extra peace of mind for your pet. In the likely event that your straying pet is found by a member of public with no scanner - the Tag I.D. provides the contact number and unique code for the person to call and reunite you with your pet quickly.
What's more if you take out pet insurance with Pet Identity there is no charge for your tag - a saving of £20 per year.
Click for the most frequently asked questions about microchipping your pet.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us.
|Are all microchips the same?||
No, there is an international ISO standard 11784/11785 which ensures that all scanners can read the number on the microchip but there are differences in both the physical appearance and performance of microchips. Pet Identity UK microchips are manufactured in Europe using high quality materials and standards and have a protecive anti migration coating. All our microchips conform to regulation standards and our data L.E.A.D data registration system is fully DEFRA compliant.
|Is it compulsory to have my pet microchipped?||
From April 6 2016 it will be compulsory to have your dog microchipped in the United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Under the Pet Passport Travel Scheme a dog or cat must be microchipped if it leaves the UK and returns. All dogs over the age of 8 weeks must be microchipped and registered into a fully compliant database. It is the pet owners responsibilty to ensure that all the correct details are maintained and must inform the data base of any changes to ownerhship registration at the eraliest possible time to ensure compliance in regulation. If you are are a new dog owner collecting your puppy you must ensure that the breeder has registered your details upon handing over the new puppy/dog.
Insist that the breeder provides proof of confirmation of registration and that the microchip is fully UK compliant before completion of ownership to yourself.
You can check any microchip at anytime by visiting Pet Identity UK website and lchecking the the microchip transponder number in our national look up system.
Or you can call 0800 975 1960 to request a "check my chip" microchip search.
|How do I change the ownership on my pet's microchip?||
If you are a Pet Identity UK registered pet owner you can log into our secure site and up date your pets details free of charge for the life time of your pet. Your pets microchip details can be found on your pets Pet Identity UK registration documents. If you have lost or misplaced your pets microchip details you can call free on 0800 975 1960 at anytime to request help in locating your pets microchip details and we are always here to help in any administration changes you wish to make if you are unsrure how to use the login porthole.
If you request a change of ownership a letter or email is sent to the current registered owner to request a change of ownership authorisation. We may also have to send a relinquishment letter to them. By law we have to give them 30 days to reply. If we don't receive a reply to the letter after this time we are legally allowed to amend the relevant details on our database.
If you are unsure about any change of ownership requirements and how the new law affects you please call our administration team on 0800 975 1960.
|Who can microchip my pet?||
You can have your pets microchip identification carried out by any business or individual who has trained and been certified in pet microchip procedures. Vets, dog groomers, dog walkers, kennel clubs, breeders, pet shops local environmental wardens and other pet related service industries.
If the dog breeder has implanted the microchip insist on requesting to see the implantation training certificate (all legal none veterinary implanters must have been trained by a company approved by the secretary of state) and check to see if the microchip is fully UK compliant in transponder recognition within a UK database.
|How long does the microchip last?||
The microchip should last for the life of your pet.
|Will having the microchip implanted hurt my pet?||
Implanting the chip will cause no more pain than a normal injection as the needles are specifically designed for the purpose.
|If I move abroad should I let you know?||
Yes, we would advise that you follow the change of address procedure outlined above. Our main reason for this is if your pet were to go missing abroad the scanners may detect the microchip as a microchip implanted in England and the authorities or vets may phone Pet Identity UK for details. We would also advise that you speak to a local vet in the country in question to arrange for your pet to be registered on their main re-unification database.
|At what age can I have my pet /horse implanted?||
There is minimum age for dog microchip implantation (8 weeks old) and the implanter will also be trained to ensure it is safe for your pet. For most cats and dogs it should be done at the time of the collection of your new pet by the breeder where as horses can be done at birth.
|How can I change my address?||
You can amend your pet or owner details by using the Login Link within the Pet Identity UK website. Alternatively you can call free on 0800 975 1960. (please remember to have your pets microchip details to hand when calling the administration team).
|What is Microchip Identification?||
Micro chipping is the best way of identification for your pet and will also bring your dog in line with future legislation requirements. The Microchip is a small device, the size of a grain of rice with a permanent identification number unique to your pet.Your pet will have a permanent identification for life and will give you and your pet the best possible chance of re unification should your pet get goes missing or is stolen.
|What is pet microchip data?||
The 15 digit microchip code transponder implanted in your pet will be the only identification visible by a pet RFID scanner.The pets home and owner details are stored securley in our L.E.A.D national database and can only be amended by the registered pet owner. Details are stored in line with the data protection act 1998 and Pet Identity UK are registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office). Should you wish to change your details i.e. contact number or address you can do this online by following the steps contained within our website or by telephoning oiur adminsitration team on 0800 975 1960.
|My pet is lost or stolen?||
Should your pet go missing or is stolen you must inform us straight away. We can assist in the logistics of contacting local to your location dog wardens, vets, grooming, kennels, dog walkers and other associated pet care industries we feel may be able to help. We only pass on our contact details to third parties along with your pets name and microchip number.
|I have found a pet?||
If you have found a pet the first thing is to check for any visible pet identification tag. By law all dogs in public areas must have an identity disk tag. Check to see if there is a name and owner contact number on the disc/tag.
Pets that are micro chipped also have identity discs, this will display a logo and name of database to contact i.e. I am chipped please contact Pet Identity UK 0800 975 1960.
(Pet microchip transponders can only be read with an RFID scanner)
Local dog wardens/vets/pet walkers and pet related institutions have the equipment required to read the microchip number.
If you contact the pet database before the microchip details can be scanned they can only assist in helping to advise on your nearest institution with a RFID pet microchip reader.
They can however help in contacting your local warden to assist the identification of the pet and also local pet care institutions with RFID readers.
We will help assist you in re unification with the owners at the earliest possible opportunity.
All pets travelling in and out of the UK must be micro chipped with up to date vaccinations.
|What are the new dog laws being introduced in April 2016?||
The government has made law for all dogs in the UK to be micro chipped by April 6th 2016. The government has made this decision in order to promote pet welfare and responsible ownership in the community.
(Any dog not micro chipped and identified as being un-micro chipped at that time may be liable to a fine and prosecution).
P.I.R.A. (pet identification registration association) http://www.pira.ws
BLUE CROSS http://www.bluecross.org.uk
BATTERSEA DOGS HOME http://www.battersea.org.uk
CATS PROTECTION LEAGUE http://www.cats.org.uk
Pet Identity UK Limited.
Every time you move home, change phone number or even if your pet changes hands, remember to notify us here. Updates are free, and ensure that your pet's microchip remains effective.