All dogs over 8 weeks of age and equines over 6 months of age must be microchipped.

A  microchip is a tiny computer chip which has a unique number that matches up to your pet’s details which are registered on an authorised database.

The owner's contact details are logged on a central database, so should the pet  ever go missing or be stolen it can be scanned by the authorities and returned to its  owner swiftly and safely.

It's important to keep your pet's microchip details up to date. If you don’t, the chances of you being reunited with your pet if they go missing are much lower.

Further Information

See the websites below for further information.

Reasons for neutering dogs


Neutering may improve some behaviours in your dog, e.g. scent marking, mate- seeking roaming, humping.


Neutering can remove health risks associated with pregnancy, some cancers and fatal infections.


Neutering can help to save money by avoiding the costs of unplanned pregnancies and raising puppies. As discussed above it  can also prevent certain illnesses, reducing the risk of large vet bills in the future.

Further Information

The websites below provide further details on the benefits of neutering.

Responsible Animal Ownership

Essential welfare information for individuals that keep animals, including pets and livestock.

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