A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a normal consultation and we use local anaesthetic prior to microchip implantation to minimise any discomfort experienced by your pet.
The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. For New South Wales residents, this code is entered into the government Pet Registry database. There is also the option of adding the microchip into a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets if you travel with your pets interstate. Microchip can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In most states of Australia, microchipping of pets is now compulsory.
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owners in order to reunit them to their pet.
If your pet is not microchipped, please give us a call to make an appointment to have one implanted. Microchip is compulsory for dogs and cats in NSW.
If you find a lost pet, please call us to arrange a scan, so we can reunite microchipped pets with their owners.