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 a 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. Within NSW, microchipping of pets before they are sold, given away or have reached 12 weeks of age, 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 stray animal please contact your local council office. We can arrange to scan for a microchip on their behalf, however, we cannot keep the animal here. We much prefer that all animals microchip details are kept up to date so if needed, we can quickly reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.
Microchip details unfortunately can not be altered/updated by us. If you have moved, changed details or sold/given away your pet, it is YOUR responsibilty to update these details. Direct information updates can be done by visiting www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au or in person at your local council office.