Microchipping

Microchipping

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin, usually on their back near the shoulders. 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 Victoria it is now a legal requirement for all puppies and kittens to be microchipped before they can be advertised for rehoming. The advertisement must include the breeders Pet Exchange Register Source Number and you can check the number's validity at https://per.animalwelfare.vic.gov.au/

If your address or contact details change, make sure you update your pet’s entry on the pet registry. If you lose your pet's microchip number we can help you by simply scanning your pet!

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.

Does your pet need a microchip?
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. You will need a Pet Exchange Register Source Number prior to your appointment so that your microchip registration can be completed. Click on the link to access the Pet Exchange Register.
 
Reuniting lost pets
If you find a lost pet please call the Mitchell Shire Council on 5734 6200 to arrange a scan and reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.