Microchipping is the most effective form of permanent identification of your pet. It is a fast, relatively non-painful procedure, that can done during a normal consultation with your pet. It involves injecting a microchip about the size of a grain of rice beneath your pet’s skin, which is embedded with a code unique to your pet. This code is then placed onto a national computer database.
Microchipping is absolutely vital in the return of lost pets. If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic, animal shelter or ranger a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The veterinary clinic or animal shelter or ranger can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited. In this way microchipping is also critical where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
Microchipping of pets is now compulsory in Western Australia.
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 feel free to come on in so that we can scan the pet. Hopefully then we can reunite the microchipped pet with their worried owners.
If you move or change your contact details please make sure you contact the relevant microchip data base. Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital uses Australasian Animal Registry (AAR). To update your pets recovery details with AAR follow this link http://www.aar.org.au
Other microchip registries available:
Central Animal Records http://www.car.com.au/
National Pet Register http://www.petregister.com.au/