WHAT IS A MICROCHIP?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. A microchip is embedded with a unique code that is linked to your individual pet onto a national computer database. Microchips can be scanned by Veterinarians, Animal Rangers and Officials to allow traceability and recognition of an individual animal.
Why are microchips important?
Microchips can assist Veterinarians, Animal Rangers and Officials in tracing the owners of a lost pet and also in cases where animal ownership is disputed. A microchip scanner is used to reveal an animals unique code, this code is then entered into a database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so that they can be reunited with their pet.
Microchipping individual pets is now compulsory in several states in Australia, including Western Australia, and is a requirement of many local shires/districts.
How can I get my pet microchipped?
Microchipping your pet is very easy and can be performed in less than 2 minutes in consultation with one of our Veterinarians or Veterinary Nurses.
- Your pet is scanned to ensure they have not had a microchip placed previously
- The microchip and applicator are scanned and matched to their unique code
- The microchip is inserted under your pets skin via an injection
- The microchip scanner is used to ensure the microchip has been placed correctly and is working
- You fill in a simple form with your details and your pets details - which we send off to the registry and VOILA!
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted.
If you have found a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan; we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.