Should Microchipping Your Dog Be Mandatory?

A long haired dachshund at the vet

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It’s National Microchipping Month in the UK, and pet welfare organizations are lobbying to make microchipping your pets mandatory:

Microchipping is safe, low-cost and the most effective way of reuniting a dog with its owners. By making it compulsory, Scottish Government would send a strong message to dog owners about their responsibilities, without putting an additional burden onto those who are already responsible.

And according to the article, 90% of pet parents agree that microchipping should be compulsory.

What do you think? We already have to license and vaccinate our pets – is mandatory microchipping a logical addition or an undue burden?

3 thoughts on “Should Microchipping Your Dog Be Mandatory?

  1. One of mine is microchipped, and one is tattooed. I don’t really have a preference, but I do sort of wish that we didn’t have to license them on top of it. Don’t get me wrong, I get why we have to, but it would be nice if there was a way to incorporate all of these things into one. My dog has a microchip tag on his collar, and essentially, it does the same thing as a license. I have no qualms about microchipping itself, though.

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