It is a very sad statistic that only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners what they are lost or stolen. Microchipping your pet will significantly increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin, usually on their back between their shoulders. It can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a fifteen-digit code that is unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification.
This code is placed onto a state and or 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 the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, microchipping of pets is now compulsory.
If you move address or change your contact details, please ensure that you update your details on the pet registry.
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is used to scan the pet for a microchip. 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.
Microchipping your pet is very simple and very affordable.