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Microchipping' involves having an identification tag inserted painlessly into your dog.

A microchip is a tiny metal device which is injected under a dog's skin between its shoulder blades. It helps to identify dogs if they go missing or are stolen.

Every chip has its own unique ID number.

This number matches information about your dog held on a nationwide database, along with your contact details. You provide this information when the chip is fitted.

If your dog is found by our dog wardens or the police, they'll check to see if it has been fitted with a chip.

If it has, they'll check the ID number against the database to return your dog to you.

You must have a microchip number for your dog and you will be asked for the microchip number when you apply for a dog licence.

Most local vets will insert a microchip into your dog.

Remember to keep your contact details up-to-date on our microchipping database! If you change your telephone number or address, let us know so your dog can be returned to you if it ever gets lost. Tel: 03000 132 132, E: environmentalhealth@midulstercouncil.org