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. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In Queensland, microchipping of puppies and kittens is now compulsory.
Most Local Councils will require a microchip number at the time of registration, to ensure a quick and smooth identification and re-unification between you and your pet - should they ever be found by or handed in to council.
Further to registration with Council, we will gather your details at the time of insertion and register them with the Australasian Animal Registry (AAR) so they can be identified Australia wide if found. This database is 'forever' and requires no upkeeping fees. Updating details can be done at the click of a button online and free of charge!
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 owner, so they can be reunited.
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan; we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.