Is your dog microchipped? If not, you’ll soon be breaking the law

Microchipping is soon to be compulsory for all dog owners in England – the law changes later this year – don’t risk a whopping £500 fine.

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As of 6 April 2016, the government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs, to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, relieve the burden on animal charities and local authorities and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.


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To help owners comply with the law, Drove Veterinary Hospital are holding a free microchipping event on Saturday, 20 February, at their main hospital on Croft Road.

The event will run from 12.30pm up until 3pm, and the first 25 dogs to arrive walk through the door will be microchipped completely free of charge.

After the first 25 dogs, microchipping will cost £10 per dog, or free if you’re part of Drove Veterinary Hospital’s popular Pet Health Club.

Lynne Gaskarth, a Director at Drove Vets said “We want to help Swindon Dog owners get their dog microchipped at an affordable price as microchipping is a simple solution that gives peace of mind to owners. It makes it easier to get their pet back if it strays and easier to trace if it’s stolen”

Get directions to Drove Veterinary Hospital here.