This year National Dog Chipping month is taking place in March to encourage dog owners to get their dogs chipped, registered and certified before dog chipping becomes compulsory for all dogs in Ireland from 31 March.
Every microchip contains a unique 15-digit number. When you register with an authorised database, this number will be recorded on it along with your name and address details. This means that, if your dog goes missing and is found, you can be identified and reunited with your dog. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can only be implanted by a vet, a veterinary nurse or a person who has been trained by one of the authorised databases.