Microchipping Your Pet
Microchipping is a legal requirement in Victoria for all new dog and cat registrations.
Pets become lost each year, and tragically, many are not reunited with their owners. Some end up in shelters where they may be adopted out to new homes, or in some cases euthanised.
A microchip provides a permanent form of identification for 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.
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 the pet is 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 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
- 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.
Microchip Side Effects
Although very rare, microchips can occassionally be undetected when a pet is scanned.
Commons causes of undetected microchips:
- There is no microchip
- Microchip failure
- Scanner failure
- Improper scanning technique
No method of identification is perfect. 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.