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Wellness & Wellbeing

Microchipping

Pets are lost each year, and sadly, many are not reunited with their owners. Some end up in shelters where they may be adopted out to new homes, or tragically in some cases euthanised. 

A microchip provides a permanent form of pet identification that is inserted under the skin of your pet.

Each microchip has a unique, electronic identification number that can be detected by a scanner. It is the size of a rice grain and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. All vets, councils and welfare establishments have scanners on site to scan lost pets.

Microchipping is a legal requirement in Victoria for all new dog and cat registrations.

Microchip Procedure

The microchipping procedure is very quick and safe. As with all needles, it may cause some discomfort but it is shortlived. It is not a surgical procedure and it does not require general anaesthesia.

It is recommended that animals are microchipped prior to purchase or adoption. If your pet has not been microchipped, please call us to arrange an appointment for it to be done.

Microchip Side Effects

Microchip side effects are very rare. The most common reaction is the movement of the microchip from the original implantation site. 

Microchip Registry Database

Your contact details are kept on a microchip registry database so that if your pet is lost, you can be contacted. It is very important that you notify the registry if your contact details change or if ownership should change.

Current microchip registry database:

  • Australasian Animal Registry
  • Central Animal Records
  • HomeSafeID
  • Petsafe
  • Pet Register
If you are unsure where your pet was microchipped and you need to contact the registry, we can scan your pet and check the microchip number on the Petaddress website.

No method of identification is 100% full-proof. The best thing you can do to protect your pet is be a responsible owner. Always keep current and readable identification tags attached to your pet's collar. Never allow your dog to roam free and make sure your yard is secure.

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