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ICSA Welcomes Free Microchipping for Dogs

Sep 8, 2014 | Press Releases | 0 comments

8th September 2014

ICSA sheep chairman Paul Brady has welcomed the news that vets around the country are offering free microchipping for dogs during the month of September, in association with Dogs Trust and National Chipping Month.

“National Chipping Month is the ideal opportunity for dog owners to avail of this process ahead of the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory,” said Mr. Brady. “While a microchip will not stop a dog from straying and possibly attacking sheep, a legal requirement to have all dogs microchipped will hopefully ensure that owners are more aware of their responsibilities.”

“Full details of the vets offering this service can be found online at, and I would urge all dog owners to take advantage of this free offer.”

*There is a limit to the number of free chips supplied per vet so contact local vet to confirm

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