Scotland’s top vet has reminded dog owners that there is only a few weeks left to get their best friends microchipped.
As from April 6, it will be compulsory for all dogs in Scotland to have a chip with their owners’ details registered and kept up-to-date in a database complying with certain conditions.
The change in legislation has been highlighted by Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas.
She said: “In just over a month’s time, it will be compulsory for all dogs to have a microchip and for owner details to be registered and kept up-to-date.
“This will reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland – helping to safeguard animal welfare and promote responsible ownership.
“The microchipping procedure is very quick and largely painless, and can be done for free at Dogs Trust mobile drop-in events. In addition, many veterinary practices are offering special deals.
“The clock is ticking, and so I urge dog owners not to delay or leave it until the last minute to get their animal chipped and ensure their contact details are up-to-date.”
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead - the Minister with responsibility for animal welfare – said: “Scotland is a nation of animal lovers, and mandatory microchipping has received overwhelming support. As well as reducing the number of lost and abandoned dogs, this law change will allow authorities to directly identify owners and hold them accountable for their dogs’ behaviour and welfare.”
Details of free microchipping can be found at www.chipmydog.org.uk.