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.
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.
In NSW microchipping of pets is now compulsory. Under the Campanion Animals Act introduced in 1998, a 'two step' process was introduced where all owners of puppies and kittens must take two steps to provide lifetime protection for their pets.
Chip in: Your puppies and kittens must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age for lifetime identification.
Register: You must register you puppies and kittens by 6 months of age with any local council
For more information contact your local council or visit http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au
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.