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Microchipping your Dog

All dogs in Ireland are obliged to be microchipped by law

Losing your dog is very distressing and without reliable identification, it is very difficult to reunite a lost dog with its owner. Microchipping is a simple way of permanent identification. 

The Procedure

A tiny microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is injected by your vet under the loose skin of your dog’s neck, which will give your dog his own personal identification number. It’s quick and very safe and your dog is unlikely to feel anything.


Should your dog stray or get lost and get handed in to a veterinary surgery, animal welfare group, the police or local authority, they have special hand held scanners that can detect and “read” the information on the microchips.


Once your dog’s unique number has been found and verified against the national database, you will be reunited without further delay.

Keeping your details up-to-date is also important

Please note that per the law, you can also get fined if your details for your pet’s microchip are out-of-date. 


Accordingly if, for example, you have moved address, you must ensure you have registered your new address on the database for your pet’s microchip.

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