A microchip is an electronic device placed under the skin for identification purposes. Microchips are very small - about the size of a grain of rice. It is a very simple and quick procedure with the microchip implanted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades by your veterinarian with a needle. It is relatively painless and sedation or anaesthesia is not required.
When scanned for a chip the only information that is displayed is the chip number. This number is recorded on a computer registry, along with all the details about the pet and its owner.
They are some laws pertaining to companion animals and microchipping:
- Microchips are now compulsory for ALL dogs.
- Cats born or changing owners after 1st July 1999 must also be microchipped. Cats born before 1999 can either wear a collar and tag or still be microchipped if you choose.
- State law requires that dogs and cats be microchipped before 12 weeks of age. Fines apply.
- It is illegal to sell or transfer ownership of an dog or cat that has not been microchipped.
- It is the responsibility of the ‘old’ owner – that is the person selling or giving the animal away – to notify their council of the change of ownership. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $880 or $5500 for an animal that has been declared dangerous or a restricted breed.
It is important to remember to keep your microchip details updated if you move or even just change phone numbers. It is also a good idea to have a secondary contact number on the ID tag and/or microchip record just in case. Also make sure your pets wear their collar and ID tags at all times.
Please call us if you would like to make an appointment for this fast, safe and invaluable service that may save your family and your pet a lot of worry.