There are few things that are more distressing than when a pet goes missing. Our Team truly loves the sound of our microchip scanner beeping! It tells us the lost pet we are caring for has a microchip. It means within only a few minutes we can make a call and let you know your pet is safe.
Advantages and reasons to microchip include the following:
- It is a permanent method of pet identification.
- It provides the best chance for your missing pet to be returned you.
- It is a legal Victorian requirement for ownership of all cats and dogs.
- It lasts for the lifetime of your pet.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pets skin between the shoulder blades. It can be done during a normal consultation without sedation. The microchip is coded with a unique number to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database that can be accessed 24 hours a day, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
It only takes a few minutes to have a microchip implanted. All microchips are implanted by our veterinarians who are specifically registered as “qualified microchip implanters”. The fee also includes a life time registration on a national database.
It is also important to remember that if you move house or change phone numbers you should update your pet’s microchip details accordingly. It’s very frustrating when a lost pets details are not current – in this situation the worst case scenario is your pet may be sent to the pound!
Please phone us if you have any questions about getting your pet microchipped, or to book an appointment.