What is a microchip?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique code that is linked to a pet registry. This means if your pet is ever lost, a council ranger or vet can scan your pet for the microchip and access your contact details on this registry.
So, if your beloved pet ever becomes lost, your contact details found on the pet registry will allow you to be reunited faster.
How is a microchip implanted?
Each microchip contains an identification code unique to your pet. This tiny chip is implanted under your pet’s skin, which can be done during a normal consultation.
When scanned, the unique code is displayed, which we can then look up on the pet registry to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner. They may also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
Microchipping your pet is compulsory in all states of Australia.
From July 1st 1999, a law was introduced, that any new dogs/puppies being sold, rehoused or born, must be microchipped BEFORE being housed.
Microchip implantation is required to be performed by 12 weeks of age.
Payment of a lifetime registration fee is due at the local council when the animal is 6 months of age. We recommend desexing your puppy before this age to take advantage of a lower fee for desexed animals.
If your pet is not yet microchipped, please contact us to make an appointment have one placed.
If you find a lost pet, contact us to arrange a scan so we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.