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Following the introduction of housing measures in November 2021, you must keep your poultry and captive birds indoors to protect them from Avian Influenza (bird flu). View the Avian Influenza (bird flu) guidance for more information.

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 seven days a week between 2.00pm and 3.00pm, excluding bank holidays. Call 0300 999 4247 to make an appointment at least the day before to make sure they have a volunteer available.

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.

Can I get other pets microchipped?

For microchipping of other animals please contact your vet.

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  • Dogs Trust
  • Stray Aid