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 the NSW pet registry, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also be entered onto the national database. Microchips can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In all states of Australia microchipping of dogs and cats is now compulsory. All species can be microchiped.
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 contact us 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.
Lost pets should be reported also, particularly in the case where owner details on the registry may not have been updated. To update your details on the NSW pet registry please contact your local council. To update details on one of the national databases please contact them directly. Information on which database your animal's microchip is on can be found at www.petregistry.com.au where you only need to enter the animal's number.