It is a legal requirement under The Control of Dogs Order 1992 that every dog while on a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
In the unfortunate event that a dog becomes lost this will make it easier for the finder to reunite the dog with its owner.
It is now a legal requirement in England that all dogs by the time they are 8 weeks of age are microchipped and registered with their keepers contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must also ensure that a dog's microchip contact details are kept up to date. Wales and Scotland have also introduced similar laws.
Key points that dog owners and breeders must be aware of:
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Basildon Council offers a dog micro-chipping service for fee of just £20 per animal. To arrange an appointment to have your dog microchipped, please contact the Animal Control team during weekday office hours.
A dog microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, which has a unique number that can be read by a scanner. When scanned the microchip identifies the dog and the owner, very useful should the collar and tag have been removed for any reason. The microchip can also help to identify stolen animals.
Remember to keep your dog's microchip details in a place where you will find them for example; with your dog's vaccination records or your own important documents.
From time to time organisations such as the Dogs Trust and Basildon Council offer to carry out dog microchipping free of charge at specific events.
For details of forthcoming local dog microchipping events see Dog care events.
For Dogs Trust events, see. Dog Trust Events on facebook(Facebook login required).
Many veterinary practices, kennels and dog groomers also carry out dog microchipping. They do charge a fee and costs will vary.