Microchipping dogs

Here on Dogs.ie we ask every advertiser if they have already microchipped the dogs / puppies already, it’s important to note it is illegal to sell any dog without it being microchipped. Microchipping works by putting a small passive RFID chip that’s generally enclosed in glass, under the dog’s skin near the shoulder blades.

We’ve put together a few questions that people generally ask us.

  • Does microchipping hurt my dog?
    • Your dog / puppy will experience a small nick, which is similar to what they feel when they are getting their vaccinations. Any yelps or screams is generally due to shock.
  • Why do we microchip dogs?
    • It’s the law, which has been active since March 31st 2016. It serves as a way to identify missing animals and reunite them with their owners.
  • How much does it cost?
    • Generally, fees are around €20 – €40 per dog. There are three parts to the fee: the chip, the insertion of the chip by a trained professional and the registration of the chip.  Please check with your local vet / ISPCA / etc.  The registration fee covers the registration in one of the 4 Irish approved databases
  • Can I implant the chip myself?
    • No, only trained vets / nurses or specially trained people are allowed to microchip dogs. Furthermore vets are not allowed to microchip their own animals.
  • How old should a puppy be before they are implanted?
    • Puppies can be microchipped at any age, generally, it’s recommended to do it between 6-8 weeks. All dogs over the age of 12 weeks are legally required to be microchipped.
  • Can I sell my old dog if it’s not microchipped?
    • No. It is illegal to sell a dog that is not microchipped.
  • Does a microchip replace a dog license?
    • No they are two separate systems. You still need to do both.
  • What happens if I don’t have my dog chipped?
    • Fines can go up to €5,000 and a dog warden may seize your dog.

* Note : Buyers should ask for the certificate of registration that goes with registering the dog in the microchip database. The seller needs to insure the ID of the buyer and fill out the transfer forms to the new owner. Every dog that is sold is required to have a microchip.

Further questions can be asked here or emailed to The Department of Agriculture : dogmicrochipping@agrculture.gov.ie.

Updated on October 10, 2020

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