A FREE microchipping event for dogs is set to take place next month.

A Dogs Trust Checkup and Chip event organised by Carlisle City Council will be held on Monday, March 2, between 11am and 3pm, at Longtown Community Centre on Arthuret Road.

In addition to free microchipping, the Dogs Trust will also be providing a free ‘check your chip’ service, free health and training advice for dogs and free basic dog health checks.

A veterinary nurse will carry out the basic health checks including nail clipping, and they will check eyes, ears, teeth and weight, to make sure your dog is happy, fit and healthy.

Alongside the health check, their team will provide advice on diet, training and neutering.

Each owner will be provided with a responsible dog ownership pack.

No appointment is required and all ages and breeds of dogs are welcome to the drop-in event.

Dogs Trust will not chip active hunting hounds or litters of puppies.

A spokesman from Carlisle City Council said: "We ask that puppies under six months old are fully vaccinated and proof of vaccinations are brought along to the event.

"If your puppy has recently been vaccinated, they must be carried for the 10 days following their final vaccination.

"Dogs over six months old do not require proof of vaccination."