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 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 Queensland, it is compulsory to microchip your dog or cat. In Charters Towers your animal must be microchipped to be registered with the council. Please see their website for more information.
If a pet is ever lost or injured and is taken to 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. It is very important that you keep your contact details updated so that you can be contacted in a timely fashion.
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. Use your microchip number to check that your animal is registered in your name, not the breeders or previous owner.