Renfrewshire Council


All dogs are now legally required to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old.

Microchipping your dog

If you own a dog, it's your responsibility to look after your animal and to make sure that it can be quickly identified if stolen or lost.

By law, you need to have your dog fitted with a microchip and ensure that the details registered on the database are kept up to date.

Please visit the GOV.UK advice page for full details.

A microchip is a tiny metal device which is injected under a dog's skin between its shoulder blades.

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 will check to see if it has been fitted with a chip. If it has, they will check the device's ID number against the database to find you and return your dog safely.

Microchipping is available from many animal welfare groups and vets.

To find out more about the cost of microchipping your dog, please refer to our fees and charges page.