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Micro-chipping is a permanent form of identification. A 'chip’ (about the size of a long grain of rice) is injected under the skin of the dog, between the shoulder blades. This chip carries a unique number that allows the dog to be traced to its owner when scanned. The owner’s contact details are stored on a national database. 

A dog should also have a collar and tag as this is a legal requirement and a microchip doesn't replace the need for a collar and tag. Cornwall Council offer a dog tag scheme.  If your dog has a collar and ID tag with the owners contact details - it is more likely that the dog will be returned without being collected as a stray and fees encurred.

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In the event of a stray dog being injured in an accident and the owner’s details are unavailable, a veterinary practice will only carry out basic first aid. A microchip will enable rapid retrieval of the owner’s details, thus allowing the opportunity for more comprehensive medical treatment that may potentially save your dogs life.

We send details of all microchips that we supply to a central micro-chipping database.

Having a dog micro-chipped and/or identified does not mean you will get your dog back free - it is a legal requirement, and will allow us to find the owner more quickly and minimise kennelling costs.

Remember to update your microchip details if you move house or change phone numbers etc., as failure to do so may result in additional kennelling fees.

Cornwall Council charge £10 to micro-chip a stray dog being released at the Council Office.  The Dog Welfare & Enforcement officers are able to micro-chip dogs by prior arrangement for £20 at a Council Office, and will chip a dog at your property for an additional £35 (plus the £20 per dog for the micro-chip). 

For more information and advice, or to arrange getting your dog microchipped, please contact the Dog Welfare and Enforcement team by email or call 0300 1234 212.