From 1 May 2021, in Lithuanian, a mandatory marking (cats, dogs and ferrets) of pet animals with subcutaneous microchips and their registration in the Register of Pet Animals will be legalised by the Seimas decision as well as agreed upon the ban on the sale of pet animals under the outdoor conditions and in the marketplaces. For the prevention of infectious diseases, the animal marking and its registration is one of the essential steps that must be taken once in a lifetime.
“This decision of the Seimas is a strong change and a significant impulse to improve the general animal welfare situation in the country. The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) was always for the overall pet marking, which is applied in most European Union countries. We see many advantages in that, such as the traceability of animals and their history of “travel”, the prevention of vaccinated against rabies, which is an incurable contagious disease for both humans and animals, the reduction of the number of ownless pet animals, the faster return of lost pet animals to their owners, the increasing responsibility of the owners of pet animals and, certainly, a more effective control of breeding and trade”, – commented Darius Remeika, the Director of the SFVS.
It is important to mention that the mandatory marking of pet animals in Lithuania was introduced from the beginning of 2016, but was soon withdrawn. The mandatory marking and registration in the Register of Pet Animals was left only for the animals leaving the country and entering Lithuania. Currently, the mandatory marking is also required when transferring an animal to another owner.
In accordance with the new procedure, cats, dogs and ferrets born after the entry into force of this requirement will have to be marked and registered in the Register of Pet Animals within 4 months of their birth, but not later than the transfer of these animals to another owner or keeper.
Prior to the entry into force of this provision, those non-microchipped animals will have to be marked and registered in the Register of Pet Animals within one year, by 1 May 2022, but not later than the transfer of them to another owner or keeper.
Pet animals used for the commercial breeding and born before the coming into force of amendments to the law, will be required to be microchipped and registered in the Register of Pet Animals by 1 September 2021.
Not only veterinarians will be able to mark the pet animals and provide the data to the Register of Pet Animals as it has been decided to increase the number of markers as well. This will also be possible for those who have completed special trainings.
The responsibility for the microchipping and registration of such animals in the Register of Pet Animals lies with the keeper or owner.
At present, according to the SFVS data, the total number of pet animals (dogs, cats, ferrets) marked in the country and registered in the Register of Pet Animals is almost 156 thousand, of which almost 108 thousand are dogs and 47 thousand are cats.