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6 April 2016, 12:44
Thames Valley Vets have been speaking to us as a new law comes in fining dog owners if their pets aren't microchipped.
Figures show more than one million dogs in the UK have not yet been microchipped - one in eight of the estimated canine population.
From today, dog owners must make sure their pet is fitted with a microchip by the time it is eight weeks old, or face a fine of up to £500.
If local authorities come across a dog without a microchip, owners will have up to 21 days to comply with the law.
Dr Huw Stacey is the Director of Clinical Services for Vets4Pets out of their HQ in Kingstone Lyle in Oxfordshire.
He tells Heart, "it's a tag they can never lose and it means if they're lost or they're stolen then they've got a chance of finding their way back to you - even if their tags and their collar and everything are lost they've still got a permanent ID attached to them".
Adding, "the number on the chip is linked into a central database and on that database you record all of your details - your contact details your name, your address, phone number, email address. If your pet does turn up with the dog warden or with a vet and they look up the chip number then they can find your details and that's how they find their way back to you".
Listen below to our full interview with Dr Huw Stacey.