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From the 6th April 2016, it will be compulsory for all dogs in England to be micro-chipped and registered on an authorised microchip database by the age of 8 weeks and before transfer to a new keeper.

It can make all the difference in being reunited with your pet should they stray or go missing. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.

Dog owners will have until the 6th April 2016 to get their dog micro-chipped else they could be faced with a fine of up to £500.

Even if your dog is already micro-chipped it's advisable to double check that the details registered against it are up to date. The easiest way to do this is to ask your vets to scan the chip, and they will be able to tell you with which database the chip is registered and advise you on the best way to update your details.

For more FAQS on micro-chipping, check out the petlog website.