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Microchipping your Pet

Microchips help avoid the heartache of losing your best friend.

What is a microchip?

A microchip contains a code that is linked to a national registry. This means if your pet is ever lost, a ranger or vet can scan your pet for the microchip and access your contact details from the National Registry and reunite you.

How is a microchip implanted?

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin, this can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and it really is the most effective form of permanent identification. The chip contains an identification number and relays this information back to a microchip scanner. The iron core is wrapped in copper wire that acts as an antenna to receive signals from a microchip scanner. 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. In some states of Australia microchipping of pets is now compulsory.

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 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.

Microchips help avoid the heartache of losing your best friend.


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