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Under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations of 2015, it is now compulsory to have your dog microchipped and registered with a government approved database (see below). You will also need to have a dog microchipping certificate in your possession.

When getting your dog microchipped, you will need to bring Photo ID and a Utility bill with your current address, from the previous 3 months, as well as your dog. All dogs are required to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, or beforehand if ownership is being transferred e.g. a new owner buying a pup from a breeder.

The procedure itself can be carried out in the clinic during a normal consultation. The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the skin by the vet, usually between the shoulder blades. The registration forms are then filled out, and that’s it! The vet will then register the details online and you should receive your certificate within two weeks

If your dog is already microchipped, you will need to contact your database provider to check your details are correct and to obtain the microchipping certificate. The certificate usually costs between and €4.50 and €15 per dog. This may vary between databases.

If you unsure as to whether or not your dog is microchipped, or do not know the number, bring him into us and we will scan for a chip. You will then need to check that microchip is registered correctly with an approved database.

If your dog’s chip is not registered with an approved database you must chose an approved database to register with. We can assist you with this here at Beaufield to ensure you get a Dog Microchipping Certificate.

The following are currently the only approved databases within Ireland:

There is no legislation in place regarding microchipping of cats and it is not compulsory. Here at Beaufield we do strongly encourage microchipping your pet cat, as it is the most reliable form of identification available, and offers the best chance of reunification should your beloved pet go missing.

Microchipping costs €25 at Beaufield and can be done during clinics, on an appointment or walk-in basis, or at the time of another procedure e.g. neutering. If you have any queries, or would like to book an appointment, please call us on 01-6270402 and our friendly staff will be delighted to help you!