In April 2016 it became law in the UK that keepers of dogs must have them microchipped and registered on an approved database. It is the keepers responsibility to keep the details up to date. If your pet ever went missing this can help massively in getting them home safe.

A microchip is a method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small, about the size of a grain of rice. It normally holds a 15 digit unique number which is read using a microchip scanner. This number is then registered on an approved database against your details.

If you are unsure if your pets microchip number, check any documentation you got with your pet. You can also ask your pets breeder / rescue or previous owner if they know.

If they can’t help please visit your vet who can scan your pet for their microchip.

No, unfortunately microchips do not track pets, The microchip only contains a 15 digit number which can be read by a scanner. That is all the microchip does. Without a doubt as technology evolves microchips will be able to track pets. If you’re interested in tracking your pet you can buy GPS tracking collars which are super useful for long walks or if your pet is off the lead for walks.

Yes, MyPet is a certified government database. We meet all the guidelines in the government regulations which you can read HERE.

MyPet is the cheapest and easiest way to register your pet on a DEFRA approved microchip database. (Remember we’re a government approved database in the UK only but you can still store your details on MyPet If you’re outside the UK.)

We also remind you every 6 months to check your details are up to date, as well as email you any time your pet’s microchip is searched!

We’re adding lots more useful features over the coming weeks and months.

YES. A survey in the UK was carried out of 7,700 stray pets.

  • Dogs without a microchip found their way home in just 21.9% of cases.
  • Dogs with a microchip found their way home in 52.2% of cases!
  • Cats without a microchip found their way home in just 1.8% of cases.
  • Cats with a microchip found their way home in 38.5% of cases!

If your pet ever goes missing give them the best chance of getting home by ensuring their microchipped, registered on an approved microchip database and ensure your details are up to date!

Check out our blog article HERE to hear how a  microchip got Emile home.

Most pets can be microchipped including dogs, cats, birds and horses. Always check with your vet if a microchip is suitable for your vet. (There are also different microchip sizes for different pet types.)


We believe that it should be law for nearly all pets to be microchipped and we believe the UK will soon introduce law in the UK to make it a legal requirement to microchip our cats! They are family too. 😊


You can register any pet type on MyPet.

If your pet is registered on another database, there’s a few things you can do depending on where your pet came from:

  1. If you got your pet from their previous owner, you can contact them and ask them to contact the database and either ask them to remove the registration or transfer it to you.
  2. If you got the pet from a rescue, it’s worth checking if the rescue has your pet registered to them, if not you can contact the database and ask them to transfer it to you or remove the old information. (You can register your pet on two databases but we’d recommend just one, this will avoid any confusion should your pet ever go missing.) Mypet will also keep the rescues details as a backup in case we can’t contact you. We call this a RBU. (Rescue back up).
  3. If you got your pet from a breeder, they should have transferred the registration to you. Reach out to them and ask them to do this. If you want your pet registered exclusively with MyPet reach out to the breeder and ask them to cancel the registration with the other database.
  4. If you’re still struggling with transferring the registration, we recommend you register with MyPet and reach out to us – We will then do our very best to talk you through removing the old registration details or transferring them to our database.
  5. You can also email us if you’ve any other questions. 🙂

Check out our video HERE to see how to transfer your pet from your account. 

We’re really sorry to hear your pet has passed away.  🙁

You can see how to remove a pet from your profile HERE.

You may also find THIS article useful in helping you say goodbye to your pet.

Yes you can. We have a breeder option within. If and when you are transferring the pets to a new owner, they can add the pet to their account. Just let us know to remove the pet from your account.

We have a range of breeder specific features coming over the next few months. If you’re interested in this or wish to discuss them please just contact us. You can email

Please feel free to direct your clients to register their pets microchip on the MyPet database. We can send cards with instructions to do this if you’d like. We also provide hand out cards for our app. Just let us know. 🙂

We have and we’re working on a range of tools for veterinary clinics and professional organisations. If there is anything we can help you with please just reach out to

We take the protection of our users’ data very seriously. We manually review every single request for an authorised user account. Organisations such as the Police, Local council, accredited veterinary clinics and registered charities can apply for an authorised user account. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you have any queries. You can email us at or if you need urgent help you can call us on 028 9622 3001.

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I signed up to this register in November, and then forgot about it. Until last night! Last night, our little terrier escaped from the garden and was probably gone for about half an hour before I realised. I went out to search for her and a neighbour told me that 2 girls had found a terrier pup and were taking her to the local vet to have her checked for a microchip. I got there roughly an hour after first noticing her missing, but in that time, I had already received 2 e-mails from Conor telling me that my let’s microchip had just been scanned and as I was collecting her from the vet, he rang to tell me exactly where she was. When I absentmindedly signed up for MyPet, I had no idea I would need their services so soon, nor did I expect such a rapid response. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! Absolutely brilliant.
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Transparent fees; no 'exclusive offers', no fake 'vouchers', no hidden charges, no upselling, no annual renewals and a tenth of the price - this deserves recommendations. Also pleased that I got an email warning after the microchip had been checked, which I did at another vet's website. Check all DEFRA approved sites and you'll end up back here.
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Had a great experience with MyPet! Very easy and quick process to have my pet registered & great value.
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Ordered some puppy toys 🧸 they arrived this morning - super fast delivery and efficient service with nice personalised touches such as being addressed to my pet and a thank you note. Most importantly, my dog loves them, she hasn’t put her dolphin down since she received her puppy package. I would not hesitate to recommend and will be purchasing more toys again very soon.
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The website was so easy to work with and it didn't take me longer than 10 minutes to register and pay for my 3 pets. The price is so reasonable for what you get. You are obviously super efficient as the E-mail confirming their registration came through straight away and explained anything else I might need to know. On the whole, just completely professional.
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Had problem with downloaded IOS app but in less than 30 minutes Conor was in touch and problem sorted. Very impressive customer service and professional approach. So many DEFRA recommended sites to search but this one ticks all the boxes. Big thanks!

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