From April it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped
All dogs in Scotland are required to be microchipped following the introduction of a new law aimed at helping to reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs.
Dog owners across East Lothian will be able to get their pet microchipped at a reduced rate thanks to an initiative between East Lothian Council and Animals 1st veterinary practice based in Macmerry and Haddington.
Cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Norman Hampshire, explained:
“Microchipping is an invaluable aid to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets. It can also help to reduce the number of strays taken to rescue centres because their owner couldn’t be traced. From April 2016 all dogs in Scotland will be required to be microchipped so this initiative by the council and Animals 1st will help owners comply with the new legislation. Dog owners simply need to contact the council’s safer communities team to receive a voucher which they then use to make an appointment at Animals 1st and get their dog microchipped for only £6 instead of the usual cost of £18.”Dog owners interested in getting a voucher should contact Amenity Officers Tel: 01620 827310 or 01620 827388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org