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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 ikc.ieanimark.ie , Fido.ieICC these companies have registered with Europetnet.org.
  • Can I implant the chip myself?
    • No, only trained vets / nurses or specially trained people are allowed to microchip dogs. Vets are not allowed to microchip their own animals.Β More info.
  • 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 when they are getting their first set of vaccinations. 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. It is also a requirement for advertising your dog for sale. The microchip number needs to be included in your ad, even if it’s in a shop window.
  • 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.

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

Updated on June 30, 2023

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