Microchipping your dog
What is a microchip for dogs?
A microchip for animals is a small implant the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is implanted under the animal’s skin using a hollow needle. Each microchip contains a unique registration number which is then linked to an owner and registered in a database, such as the Nederlandse Databank Gezelschapsdieren. The microchip number can be read with a special chip reader.
Is microchipping your dog mandatory?
In the Netherlands, microchipping and registering your dog is mandatory. This registration requirement applies to any dog born after April 1, 2013 or coming from abroad. As of November 1, 2021, additional rules apply. Each microchip has a unique code which is registered with the designated database, allowing your dog to be identified. In addition, your dog is required to have a European passport which includes the microchip number. These are available at our clinics.
For cats, a microchip is not (yet) mandatory. However, we do recommend having your cat microchipped.
Why is microchipping your dog important?
- Every year many dogs get lost after escaping. If your pet is microchipped, the chip number is registered with a national database along with the owner’s information. If a dog is found, the microchip can be read in order to reunite the dog with its owner.
- Mandatory microchipping and registration of dogs prevents abuses in dog breeding and illegal dog trade. The identification and registration will make it clear where the dogs come from, among other things, and keep illegal breeding under control.
From what age can a dog be microchipped?
Dogs may be microchipped as early as 6 weeks of age. In fact, it is required by law to have a dog chipped and registered before the age of 7 weeks. If you are importing a dog from abroad he or she must be microchipped and registered within 2 weeks of arrival. Also, the dog must have a European passport at the age of 7 weeks; if the dog comes from abroad, also within 2 weeks of arrival.
What is required to microchip and register your dog?
To chip and register a dog, you as the owner first of all will need a UBN (Unique Business Number). You can apply for this at the RvO. Once you have this number you can make an appointment with a veterinarian. Make sure you have your UBN on hand during the appointment.
In addition to registration, the dog’s chip number must also be recorded in a European passport. The veterinarian can create this passport for you. The passport will also be linked to your UBN.
How is the microchip put into my dog?
Placing a microchip in your dog is done through an injection needle. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin. It is preferable to insert the microchip between the shoulder blades. The microchip will remain in place for life and does not cause any side effects or discomfort.
Recovery and aftercare from microchipping
Microchipping your dog is a very minor procedure. Therefore, there is no recovery time. We only recommend that you watch out for about an hour when petting and combing the microchip area, as it can sometimes be a bit sensitive.
Registration of the microchip
After placing the microchip, we will register it for you with the designated database. You will receive a confirmation email once the registration is complete. The dog’s microchip is now linked to your personal data, such as your address, name and phone number. You are responsible for notifying the database of any changes to your information.
What are the costs of microchipping?
For the cost of microchipping your dog, please check our prices.
Book an appointment online to have your dog microchipped
To place a microchip, you can book an appointment online during our consultation hours.