Do you have your dog micro chipped? New laws come into force this week
Some dog owners may be in for a bit of a last-minute scramble this week as the new micro chipping regulations come into force from Thursday.
Registration of our four legged best friends are now required, with ownership certificates - that are required for transfer of ownership - issued on completion.
The compulsory electronic register and tracking system was rolled out on a phased basis, beginning with puppies last September.
It costs around €50 to have the chip, which is usually the size of a grain of rice, fitted.
Four authorised databases where the dog's registration details will be held are currently available in Ireland: Animark, Fido, The Irish Coursing Club and the Irish Kennel Club.
Acting Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has issued a reminder for the official date the law comes into force at the end of March.
"It is important that dog owners understand it applies to all dogs from March 2016," he said.
"Widespread micro-chipping of all dogs brings a range of benefits - including the protection of the welfare of dogs and assist with speedy identification of stray dogs and their owner."
The month of March had officially been established as National Microchipping Month, a collaborative campaign between Fido.ie, Dogs trust, Veterinary Ireland and other partners.
The 'Chip it, Check it' slogan has been used to encourage owners to have their furry friend chipped - but also to make sure contact details online are correct.