Microchipping and registration of dogs with owners

Since May 15th 2014 have come into force the new regulations of the written disposition 1/ 2014 of The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority, regarding the standards used for the identification (microchipping) and registration of dogs with owners.

The law mentioned above establishes the obligation of pet owners to identify and register their dogs, and the way in which will be managed the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners (RECS - the Romanian abbreviation). This law also defines the procedures for the identification (microchipping) and registration of every dog (and the events in its life), the registration of the dog owner and of all the veterinary information, and the withdrawal from evidence in case of dog’s death.

Dogs will walk in public places in Romania only accompanied by their owners and the pet’s health certificate (which includes the pet’s identification and registration in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners, and also all the undergone medical procedures).

What do I have to do as a pet owner?

I have to identify and register my pet in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners within 90 days from birth, before selling, donating or walking my pet in public places, procedure that can be performed by any accredited veterinary clinic.

If I have an adult dog vaccinated against rabies, (being still in the immunity period of 12 months), certified in the dog’s health records but without registration in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners, I still can walk my pet in a public place before January 1st 2015 or until the next booster vaccine.

Every time I walk my dog in a public place within Romania I have to carry with me the dog’s health certificate (which certifies the fulfilment of all the necessary veterinary procedures, as well as the identification and registration in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners).

When I travel abroad I must carry with me the dog’s health certificate and passport.

I must notify the veterinarian (user of the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners), regarding any event that involves my pet: selling, buying, disappearance, abduction, donation or death, within 7 days from the event.

If the dog is sold or donated, both the former and the new owner have the obligation to ask the veterinarian (user of the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners) to mention the new owner’s contact information in the database.

When a lost dog is found, the people who have found the animal must inform the nearest police station or territorial institution accredited for monitoring stray dogs.

Identification by microchipping

Microchipping represents one of the mandatory requirements when travelling abroad, but it is also useful if your pet gets lost. Thus, microchipping provides an additional chance for your pet to return home.

Microchipping is a permanent, noninvasive procedure; the microchip is usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades, on the dorsal midline. The microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice, it is not toxic and does not affect your pet’s health. It has a unique code that, together with the owner’s personal data, is going to be stored in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners.

What do I have to do if my dog has already been microchipped?

Dogs that had been identified (microchipped) before the present law was enforced, with a microchip that doesn’t match the standards ISO 11784 or 11785, will be microchipped again. If the previous microchip can be read, it remains valid with the existing code and identification place (Romania or any other country).

According to the law 677/2011, the pet owner consents to the processing of his personal data, and the veterinarian verifies the information in the pet owner’s ID card.

The veterinarian issues a new health certificate for the dog, with a unique serial number and code, which will be registered in the database.

What do I have to do if my dog was not microchipped?

If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, one must be inserted according to the ANSVSA 1/2014 written disposition, and its code will be checked and registered in the database.

According to the law 677/2011, the pet owner consents to the processing of his personal data, and the veterinarian verifies the information in the pet owner’s ID card.

The veterinarian issues a new health certificate for the dog, with a unique serial number and code, which will be registered in the database.

If the pet owner needs a passport for his pet, the veterinarian issues the pet passport.

Additional information about microchipping of dogs

As long as a dog is not microchipped and registered in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners, he can’t be vaccinated against rabies. Within Romania the vaccination against rabies of all dogs and cats is mandatory!

Another important fact is that, according to the new legislation, you won’t be able to walk your dog in public places unless it is microchipped, registered and vaccinated against rabies.

Before January 1st 2015 all dogs of common breed or half-breed must be sterilized, excepting those for whom the veterinarian states that the procedure is too dangerous (involves a high degree of risk). Belonging to a breed must be proved by an official document from a Dog Association or by a pedigree.

People who buy dogs from pet shops, kennels or dog shows, must notify within 7 days the animal doctor, certified user of the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners, in order to register the new owner in the Registry.

All the usual events that happen in the life of your animal (deworming, vaccination, breeding, delivery etc) will have to be recorded in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners.

The veterinary clinic Tazy Vet from Bucharest (sector 3, Titan - Balta Alba area) is registered at CMVR as a veterinary clinic authorized to operate in the RomPetID National Registry.

The microchip tagging takes a short time, but this procedure is followed by a longer process - registering your pet's data in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners. For this registration we will need the owner’s and the pet’s personal data (the owner’s ID card and the pet’s health certificate and passport). We, as your pet’s animal doctors, will register your animal’s medical history in the Registry for Evidence of Dogs with Owners, procedure that can last for about 15 minutes.

The address of the non-stop veterinary clinic Tazy Vet is 74 Iosif Albu Street, sector 3, Bucharest, Titan / Balta Alba area (behind the Auchan hypermarket, see map)