As of March 2016 it is a legal requirement for all dogs in Ireland to be microchipped. The owner must also be in possession of a microchip certificate from an approved database, such as fido.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, that bears a 15 digit number. This number is unique to the animal in which the chip is implanted.

How is the microchip implanted?

The microchip is implanted under the animals skin via an injection device, similar to a syringe. The microchip is typically implanted on the back of the animals neck between the shoulder blades.

Does microchipping hurt my dog?

Some pain is felt when the microchip is implanted, similar to when a vaccine is administered to a pet.

How long will the chip stay in my dog?

The microchip will stay in your dog for its lifetime.

How does the microchip work?

The microchip itself only contains the 15 digit number unique to your dog. When scanned a radio signal transfers the microchip number to the scanner. The unique number is then entered into a regulated database by an authorised person. If the microchip number is registered, the owners contact details will be displayed. The contact details are then used to inform the owner that their pet has been found and where the are being held.

What happens if I change my contact details?

If you update or change your contact details, including phone number and address, it is important that notify the approved database. We recommend that you contact the database directly with such queries.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

The majority of veterinary practices microchip pets, along with some Local Authorities and animal welfare groups.

At what age can my dog be microchipped?

A dog can be microchipped at any age. Typically the microchip is given at the same time as the first vaccine.

Can my cat be microchipped?

Yes, although it is not a legal requirement that cats are microchipped, we recommend microchipping your cat. Cats are microchipped in the same manner as dogs and can be registered on the same database.