Microchipping your dog can cost as little as $15 or £10. Even more expensive animals clinics do not normally charge more than $35 or £30.
Microchipping a dog is not at all expensive, but not microchipping can land you a hefty fine, depending on the laws in your country.
In the UK, it has been compulsory since 2016 to have your dog microchipped. Any dog owner found to have an unchipped dog is given 21 days to comply or they face a £500 fine. The same law has applied in Northern Ireland since 2012.
France has had a compulsory microchip law since 1999, while New Zealand law states all dogs registered after 1st July 2006 must be microchipped.
In the US, there is currently no law on microchipping, except in circumstances where an animal has been deemed dangerous.
Is microchipping a dog worth it?
Microchipping is definitely worth the price and few seconds of discomfort for your dog. Should your dog even be lost or stolen, a registered microchip will prove that the dog belongs to you and prevents them being rehomed. Registered microchips include your name, address and contact information.
Unchipped dogs are more likely to be passed to rescue shelters or charities and rehomed to new owners. Without proof that the dog belongs to you, it is almost impossible to get them back.
At what age can you microchip a dog?
Typically, dogs should be microchipped between 8 and 12 weeks, depending on the regulations in your country. There are some exceptions such as the dog’s breed, any medical history and if they are a working dog.
Toy and miniature breeds may need to wait until age 12 weeks to be microchipped, as they will have grown to a larger size by this age.
Dogs with blood clotting disorders or similar serious medical problems may be exempt from being microchipped, as it is dangerous to their health.
Can I microchip my dog myself?
In most countries, a microchip must be implanted by a licensed veterinarian or under the supervision of one. You must not microchip your dog yourself as there are many things that could go wrong.
- The microchip could be implanted into the wrong place
- You could cause infection at the injection site
- Too much pressure when inserting the chip can cause soft tissue injury
- If the dog moves during the insertion process, you can cause further injury
In many countries, it is illegal to microchip your dog at home and can result in legal action being taken against you.
It is much safer for your pet if they are microchipped by a veterinary professional.