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Dog microchipping

Find out about dog microchipping and where to get your dog microchipped in the county.

The law

On 6 April 2016, in England and Wales, it became law that all dogs aged 8 weeks old or over must be fitted with a microchip. If you already have a dog, and it is not microchipped, we recommend you have your pet fitted with an identification microchip.

Always use a registered breeder. From 6 April 2016, breeders are responsible for microchipping the puppy before it is sold. Always check the puppy is microchipped before taking it home. 

Where can I get my dog microchipped?

Stray Aid

Stray Aid provide free microchipping to dogs belonging to residents of County Durham. (Subject to certain terms and conditions and you must have bought your dog before the law changed).

Please contact 0300 999 4247 to make an appointment, at least the day before you intend to go to make sure they have a volunteer available. Microchipping is carried out seven days a week between 2.00pm and 3.00pm, excluding bank holidays.

Your local vet

You can also get your dog microchipped by your vet.

Benefits of dog microchipping

Neighbourhood wardens and vets routinely check for identification microchips which means your dog can be returned to you if it becomes lost, stray, is found hurt, or is stolen.

Did you know?

Last year our  Icon for pdf #BeLikeChip microchipping campaign (PDF, 1.2mb)  promoted the importance of making sure dogs are microchipped.  free of charge and local Crufts winner, Marie Burns and dog, Devon, supported our campaign. See  for details.

Further information

To find out more about the microchipping law, see Appendix 5 of's policy paper 2010 to 2015 government policy: animal welfare or see our  Icon for pdf Dog microchipping law - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF, 240.1kb) .

Can I get other pets microchipped?

For microchipping of other animals please contact your vet.

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