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The microchipping process

Here is a quick overview of what happens with the microchipping process. You’ll learn the steps to processing the microchip and how long it takes to get your puppy’s microchip listed.

Since March 31st 2016, all dogs over the age of 12 weeks need to be microchipped. If you are in possession of a dog that’s not microchipped you are breaking the law and can face fines

Dogs can be microchipped earlier than this, and it’s recommended you do it along with when they are getting some of their vaccines.

Steps to processing microchips

  1. Your vet implants your puppy with the microchip.
  2. The vet fills out the form with the microchip information, and checks your ID. 
  3. The vet submits the paperwork to one of the four approved microchip database registries:
    1. Animark,
    2. Fido,
    3. IKC,
    4. Irish Coursing Club 
  4. You should also retain a copy of documentation for the microchip.
  5. The  microchip database registries enter these details into their systems.
  6. The microchip database registries sync to Europetnet.com every day.

Importing a dog to Ireland

If you are bringing a dog into Ireland it will also need to be microchipped and you will need to transfer the registration to one of the four approved databases. This needs to be completed within 3 weeks of arriving in Ireland.

How long does it take for microchips to show on Europetnet?

We are not able to list dogs for sale until we can verify the microchip numbers. We verify these microchips on Europetnet. On average it can take 1-2 days from your vet to getting the microchip registry. The registry can take up to 7 days, but as little as 2 days to enter this microchip information. The registry might take up to 1 further day to synchronise with Europetnet. The total process can take up to 10 days.

In all you should microchip your puppy 10-14 days before you want to list them on dogs.ie.

Irish law on microchipping

You can read, “MICROCHIPPING OF DOGS REGULATIONS 2015” / “S.I. No. 63 of 2015”


Updated on September 9, 2020

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